What to Include in Your Building Inspection and Fire Safety Checklist
If you’re a business owner, you know that your number 1 priority is to keep your employees safe.
But a million different things could go wrong if you work in a building. In fact, 1,027 Canadian workers died on the job in 2018. That’s more than 20 people every week.
So how do you protect yourself and your workers? Regular building inspection prevents unseen problems from becoming life-or-death issues. Because of the constant threat of a fire, building managers should also conduct regular fire safety checks.
What are the essential elements of a building inspection and fire safety checklist? Read on to find out.
In Alberta, the government has established building and fire safety codes for you to follow. These codes have been assembled by teams of experts and are the bare bones by which you can keep your employees safe.
For instance, according to the Alberta Building Code, venues for public gatherings may not block exits with any substantial items. Should a person wish to set up an exhibit, the Emergency Response Department must approve the floor plan.
Please note that some regulations differ from one type of building to the next. As such, it is helpful to research the proper regulations for your building before adding them to your checklist.
Check Fire Safety Equipment
Often, your first line of defence against a fire is fire safety equipment. Because of this, safety inspectors should ensure the equipment works and meets regulations.
Most cities have mandates on fire equipment. The measures usually regulate where companies keep the equipment. This includes how many fire extinguishers should be present per square foot.
Also, inspectors should ensure that routine upkeep has been completed on any sprinklers or fire safety panels. If any warning lights are on, you should address those as well.
In Alberta, the National Fire Code dictates that those authorized to perform inspections should write up tags after the inspection.
Other Important Building Inspection Checks
While fire safety is essential, you will also want to inspect other aspects of your building.
These inspections include checking the heating, plumbing, electrical systems, and the building structure. When conducted correctly, these checks prevent both costly and life-threatening emergencies.
Inspectors should also review occupancy certificates, evacuation plans, and construction permits. Feedback on these items will help you address any unforeseen problems.
If you want to go beyond the checklist and hire experts to help keep you safe, Amptec Fire and Security is here to help. Headquartered in Edmonton, we offer fire and building safety services throughout Alberta. From equipment installation to building inspection, we provide you with top-notch service.
We also maintain compliance with local laws and regulations regarding building safety. As a result, when you hire us, we guarantee that we will inspect your building according to those standards!
If you’re interested in making your building safer, please contact us today!