Fire & Life Safety
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Halloween, a day characterized by lit candles inside vegetables, marked the last day of Fire Prevention Month. Why not end it with a non-fire starting bang? You can’t just prevent fires by being a wet blanket – you need to follow codes and standards, brush up on safety information, train your team, and conduct routine maintenance and inspections. It’s a lot more to cover than a blanket can handle, which is why I’m going to break it down for you. With help from Cintas Corp’s article on Fire Readiness and a recent interview with Peter Harrod, VP of Code Consulting and Fire Engineering Services at Cosentini Associates, I’ve gathered 7 fire prevention best practices for property management professionals.
FACT: 2011 saw more billion-dollar natural disasters than any year on record. Storms such as Hurricane Irene battered the U.S. East Coast while southern tornadoes brought devastation from Missouri to Alabama. Don’t wait until you are hit by a Black Swan Event – take steps to prepare your building before the unexpected occurs.
Your company may not have the “fierce five” somersaulting down the halls or Ryan Lochte’s unmistakable American flag mouth piece glinting in the cubicle across from you, but that doesn’t mean your risk management can’t be world class too.
Do you know the Fiery Five? No, they don’t occupy an attractive, elite table in cafeteria, but checking them out will be much more rewarding. They represent our latest and greatest in educational resources to help you properly assess and optimize your Fire & Life Safety systems. Not lighting your fire? The importance of Fire & Life Safety improvements can be summed up in four words: property loss and occupant injury.
Are you hanging on to a dinosaur of a life safety system? Avoid extinction and prove that you are up to snuff with the codes and standards. Fire Protection Engineer, Peter Harrod of Rolf Jensen & Associates, shares his insights in our recent webinar, Conquering the Code! Assessing the Condition of Your Fire & Life Safety Systems.
Fire and Life Safety systems are in place because unplanned incidents and mistakes happen. Those mistakes shouldn’t be the way you use your system. Here are the Top Ten mistakes to avoid:
In 30 minutes, you will learn how to: Implement an Assessment of Condition of your Fire & Life Safety Systems, Plan the forward thinking changes that will attract and retain tenants, Avoid the 10 biggest Fire & Life Safety management mistakes, and more!
On September 27th the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC released a preparedness checklist as part of its Rad Resilient City Initiative to prepare cities for nuclear detonation response. Building Engines client, Beacon Capital Partners, and their internationally respected expert on emergency preparedness, Joe Donovan…
Our team spent the last month scouring industry sources for the top components to Implementing a Successful Emergency Readiness Plan… and we’ve put it all in a checklist!
Risk is defined as the probability or threat of a damage, injury, liability, loss, or other negative occurrence, caused by external or internal vulnerabilities, and which may be neutralized through pre-mediated action. In short, bad things can happen due to the decisions that you make or don’t make. We all deal with risk in our […]
As National Preparedness month continues across the country, property owners and managers follow guidance and suggested best practices delivered thru top 10 lists from partners like Building Engines (10 Best Practice Points for Property Team Preparedness) or BOMA (Preparedness Top Ten List for National Preparedness Month.) The question is, who is preparing adequately for the […]
What embodies risk within your real estate portfolio? Is it the damage that could be caused by water, mold, wind, rain, or aging? Is it a slip, a trip, or a fall? Is it a prolonged elevator entrapment; a disgruntled tenant employee who acts out; a media blitz on your building, or a public demonstration? […]
We recently hosted a Webinar on managing Fire & Life Safety Processes with David Howorka, EVP of RealView, LLC. David began the presentation with a Case Study on the recent Cook County Administration Building fire in Chicago, IL. Six people died and 14 were injured, mostly attributable to poor emergency and evacuation pre-plans. This got […]
We all know that Fire & Life Safety planning saves assets and lives. Is your emergency response pre-plan up to par? If your plan is gathering dust in a file cabinet, it may be time to review its effectiveness. Does your plan cover the following general areas? Additionally, your pre-plan should provide the following information […]