A Property Managers Guide To Fire & Life Safety
The Greatest Protection Against Property Loss & Injuries From Fire is Prevention.
According to the Insurance Information Institute, fires in property structures (not related to wildfires) caused $11.1 billion in property damage in 2018.
There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with being a property manager. Our goal at Advanced Fire, a CertaSite Co. is to make one part of the job easier - fire and life safety. We discussed some of the challenges in fire safety with a few of our clients who work in property management. It was clear that this part of their job is best handled by a fire protection partner who knows the rules.
When you’re managing properties in various municipalities you need to know what is required where. There are some standardized regulations at state and county levels, but municipalities can also add codes and ordinances. It’s our job here at Advanced Fire a CertaSite Company to keep all of your properties code compliant no matter the location. We have long-standing relationships with state, county and regional fire marshalls. We receive regular updates from them, so we know when codes are changed or updated. If there’s an update to your requirements, we make the changes so your properties stay code compliant.
Property management companies make up about 25% of our clientele. Another way we support them is by providing multiple services under one contract, with one point of contact. A streamlined approach that saves time and energy.
Our property management clients also stressed the importance of fire prevention. For them, fire prevention is just as important as fire protection. They all shared common concerns - leaving stoves and ovens on unattended, careless use of candles and incense, storing items too close to gas boilers and furnaces and general clutter in areas that would make it difficult for first responders to navigate. Some of these concerns can be alleviated with bi-annual home and business inspections. In addition to fire prevention, encouraging tenant accountability was also considered essential in fire prevention preparedness.
When a property manager has a question about fire protection they need reliable information fast. We can answer most questions efficiently. If we don’t know the answer to a question, we will work hard to find it.
We know there are many details in fire protection and code compliance to keep up with, especially when dealing with multiple locations. We have years of experience helping property managers with their fire and life safety needs. We know this business and we’re here to help.
“Advanced Fire helps us in various ways. Their staff are a good source of information when interpreting changes in codes. Fire safety is an immensely important aspect in realty management, and there are many things to know and keep up with. Find a partner such as Advanced Fire who can assist to make sure your tenants and your properties stay safe.”
~ Steiner Realty - An Award Winning Property Management Company Based In Pittsburgh
Here are a few tips from us to you.
11 fire protection tips for property managers from AFC:
Remember to schedule yearly inspections and maintenance well in advance.
Talk with your AFC life-safety technician to review your building’s unique spaces with the intention of better understanding code compliance for your situation.
Invest in upgrades, including system monitoring services
Store waste materials in suitable containers.
Use flammable materials in well-ventilated areas and minimize combustible storage.
Use and store flammables away from ignition sources, such as cigarettes, furnaces and stove-tops.
Keep equipment in good working order. Have electrical wiring and appliances inspected regularly.
Ensure that heating units are properly safeguarded.
Report and repair all gas leaks immediately
Educate and inform employees and maintenance staff of rules and regulations. We can work with you to hold a custom fire and life safety training session. Ask your rep today to plan and schedule.
Work with an AFC rep to create and review an evacuation plan. Post your plan in your building.