Taking A Look At The Cause of Fires – And Methods Of Prevention – Here In The United States
Fires can pose a huge danger all throughout the country, to individual families and establishments as well. Hotel and motel fires, for instance, are quite commonplace. In fact, there are as many as 15 deaths that can be attributed to such fires on a yearly basis. In addition to this, more than 100 people will be injured in hotel and motel fires over the course of a single year as well.
While some burn injuries are not that extensive and, while painful, are easy to heal from, this is certainly not the case for many a burn victim here in the United States. Unfortunately, burn injuries can be quite life changing, requiring months of therapy before fully healing. In many cases, these burn injuries will leave behind scars that can last a lifetime, only lessening slightly over the years. For those who simply wanted a nice night in a hotel and ended up with a lifelong disfigurement and struggle, the need for fire prevention services is higher than ever.
Of course, fires are not just prominent in the hotels and motels of the United States. Unfortunately, medical facilities also tend to experience a good number of fires over the course of the year – as many as 1,200 hospital fires alone in the year of 2010. In the span of the four years between 2006 and 2010, more than 6,000 such fires at various medical facilities throughout the country were also reported.
The causes of these fires, those found in medical facilities such as hospitals, often leads back to confined cooking spaces. The use of such spaces can be unavoidable but it is in many ways a fire risk, causing more than half (around 55%) of all hospital and medical facility fires. But, of course, it’s not the only cause of medical facility fires, as nearly 20% of the are also caused by faulty electrical systems, which proves the importance of regular electrical inspection and maintenance, especially as such systems begin to age.
Fortunately, there are a number of steps that can be taken to improve fire safety in any given fire situation. From fire alarm systems to fire sprinklers to comprehensive evacuation plans, every building and even every home should be working to take steps towards fire safety. While it is not guaranteed that a fire, even a small one, will ever occur, it is always far better to be safe than to be sorry.
Evacuation plans, however, are not instituted nearly as frequently as they should be. In fact, recent research shows that less than 40% of more than 100 businesses surveyed had any sort of evacuation plan in place. But evacuation plans are, when it comes down to it, often essential for survival in the event of a serious fire. In places like hospitals, where not everyone will be physically able to evacuate themselves, the presence of an evacuation plan is all the more important.
But while evacuation plans are critical for the health and safety of many, so too is having a fire alarm system in place. After all, it is fire alarm systems that will first alert people to the presence of a fire. Fire alarm systems should be installed in every building, from commercial to residential to medical, all throughout the country. In larger buildings, multiple fire alarm systems will likely be necessary.
And when fire alarm systems are in place (as they should be), fire alarm inspections are all the more necessary. After all, fire alarm systems that have not undergone a fire alarm inspection might not be working in the way that they should be, rendering them virtually useless in the event of a fire emergency. Therefore, the inspection of fire alarm systems by a reputable fire protection company is hugely important.
If any fire alarm repairs are necessary in any of the fire alarm systems in place, it is highly important that they be conducted as promptly as is possible. After all, fire alarm systems should be present at all times, just in case a fire emergency should strike, as unlikely as this might be.