Administrators have put in place a set of practices, designed to reduce fire damage, called fire safety. Fire safety measures are both preventive and curative in nature. They intend to first prevent a fire from happening. However, even if a fire has started, administrators use fire safety measures to limit its spread and effects. Fire safety measures include those planned during building construction or implemented in existing structures, as well as those taught to building occupants. Fire hazards are threats to fire safety. A fire hazard is a situation that increases the likelihood of a fire or impedes escape from one.
Property developers often incorporate fire safety as a part of larger Building safety procedures. Fire Prevention Officers inspect buildings for code violations and visit schools to educate children about fire safety. Chief Fire Prevention Officers usually train newcomers to the Fire Prevention Division and may also conduct inspections or make presentations.
Elements of a Fire Safety Policy
Fire safety policies apply to a building’s construction and its operational life. Government agencies enact building codes to ensure such features as adequate fire exits, signage, and construction details such as fire stops and fire rated doors, windows, and walls. Fire safety is also incorporated into electrical codes to help prevent overheating of wiring or equipment, as well as fires caused by electrical faults.