Commercial Fire and What You Need To Know?
What You Need To Know
Retail & Other Business
Business owners should perform a walk through and inspection of a property they are considering for location for their business. Pay particularly close attention to the following fire safety items when considering a location for the business:
OCCUPANCY RATINGS: A building’s occupancy rating determines how it can be used (i.e. office space, restaurant, bowling alley, etc.) Occupancy ratings also specify the number of occupants a building may have, types of fire-resistive construction required, types of fire protection systems required, exiting requirements, etc.
EXTINGUISHERS: Typically, one fire extinguisher is required per 3,000 square feet of area or 75 feet of foot travel. Extinguishers should be rated 2-A:10-B:C or higher. Requirements can vary depending on the occupancy classification.
EXIT SIGNS: Signs and emergency backup lighting are required for all exits except the primary entrance so occupants can safely exit the building in an emergency.
HAZARDOUS OCCUPANCIES: Businesses that utilize paint booths, glass blowing equipment and certain types of kilns require special approval due to the hazardous nature of this equipment.
Many Commercial buildings have been constructed years ago and many have not had any updates when it comes to electrical and heating sources. It is important that you protect your investment and your contents when considering a space to either purchase or lease for your business.