We all know that fire is dangerous. We’re taught to stop, drop, and roll very early on, and told how to navigate our homes should an uncontrollable fire break out within it. We learn this all at quite an early age. But many of us still do not understand the absolute scope and devastation that fire can reach and can cause, simply because we have never experienced it first hand.
But there is no doubt about it that fire can be deadly, especially in places where it commonly breaks out, such as in hotels and motels. In hotels and motels alone, up to fifteen deaths are expected due to fire related causes on a yearly basis. In addition to this, up to one hundred and fifty people will become injured due to fires in this same span of time. And while burns can be recovered from, they are in many cases life changing, and those that suffer them must go through an intensive course of treatments and even potential rehabilitation.
The property damages that are caused by hotel and motel fires can also be simply devastating, both to the people who stay in these hotels and motels as well as to the hotels and motels themselves. Over the course of a single year, it’s anticipated that more than seventy five million dollars in property loss will occur. In fact, the number is closer to seventy six million dollars, if you’re looking to be a little bit more exact.
Aside from hotels and motels throughout the country, medical facilities also tend to experience a higher number of fires than many other places throughout the country and the world. There are a number of causes for these fires, and one common cause is that of the cooking fire in a confined cooking space, something that actually accounts for more than half (around fifty five percent, to be more exact) of all fires that originate in a medical facility. In addition to this, electrical problems cause another nearly twenty percent (nineteen percent) of all medical facility fires here in the United States.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways that all fires can be prevented, from fires in hotels, motels, and medical facilities to fires in your very own home. For one thing, having a fire alarm system is absolutely essential. In fact, fire alarm systems are actually quite common throughout the country, and the presence of a fire alarm system is actually mandated in some places for some buildings, such as many a rental property. But what may people don’t realize is that a mere fire alarm system is not enough, though it is certainly a good start.
However, when you have a fire alarm systems you will also want to have a fire sprinkler installation conducted as well. While a fire alarm system is very important in that it alerts you to potential danger from a fire, a fire sprinkler service will actually be activated and work to put out that fire before it can spread and become even more dangerous. Even if a fire sprinkler system can’t fully put out a fire, it can help to reduce it and mitigate it, given you and anyone else in the building time to escape and call for help.
For both types of systems, fire alarm system and fire sprinkler system, regular inspections should be made. Fire alarm system maintenance and fire sprinkler maintenance are nothing if not essential, as this maintenance will be critical for determining if the systems are working as they should be or not. In addition to this, any fire sprinkler repairs or fire alarm system repairs can easily be conducted once they are discovered. On the other hand, a lack of discovery of the need for repairs can actually be quite dangerous, as it means that the fire prevention systems you have in place likely won’t work if they really needed to, putting you and anyone else in the vicinity in considerable danger in the even of a fire breaking out.
Fires can be frightening, to be sure, but fire prevention methods can give you a great peace of mind.