Commercial Life Safety: What to do when the fire alarm sounds

Picture this situation… You’re working hard at your job and all of a sudden the fire alarm goes off. What do you do?

The decision you make can be the difference between life and death. At a garment factory in India, a sounding fire alarm was waved off by managers. Because of this negligence, more than 100 people perished in a fire. Don’t’ let this happen to you. Taking the proper measures can ultimately save your life.

It’s important to treat fire alarms seriously. Every single year there are nearly 100,000 non-residential structure fires according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Follow these tips when an alarm triggers.

1. Stop working – Immediately stop working. Don’t think of it as a possible false alarm. Every second counts. Get out of the building.

2. Leave your belongings behind – Don’t obsess over gathering all of your personal belongings as you leave. You can always replace them.

3. Find the nearest exit – Locate the nearest exit and leave as quickly as possible. If the exit is blocked, quickly find another one.

4. Avoid elevators – If you work on upper floors, take the stairs in the event of a fire alarm going off at your business.

5. Contact authorities – The fire alarm should alert authorities. To be certain, contact authorities and let them know the situation once outside.

It’s important to treat fire alarms seriously. Every single year there are nearly 100,000 non-residential structure fires according to the National Fire Protection Association.

If it happens to be a false alarm, get it checked out as soon as possible by a company that specializes in fire alarm and suppression services.

At inVision Security, we specialize in inspecting, testing, monitoring and maintaining fire alarm systems. To find out how we can help you, contact us today.

Summer Safety Tips

Summer is here (finally) and that means spending more time outside enjoying pool parties, outdoor barbecues, fireworks and all kinds of fun activities — it shouldn’t mean treating burns, bandaging cuts, icing bruises, or trips to the emergency room.

Follow our summer safety tips below to help you and your family have a fun and safe summer:

 1. Don’t let the heat spoil your fun in the sun.

Drink lots of water and don’t work or play too hard in the hot weather. Take some breaks in the shade or inside your home.

 2. Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Limit exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV rays are most powerful. Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays. Wraparound frames work best because they protect your eyes and the sensitive area around them. Wear hats with wide brims and slather on the sunscreen — SPF 15 or higher.

Summer shouldn’t mean treating burns, bandaging cuts, icing bruises, or trips to the emergency room.

3. Be careful with all fireworks (if fireworks are legal in your state, of course).

Although sparklers and pinwheels look really pretty and appear to be low risk, don’t be fooled. You should never allow children to play with any type of fireworks unless there’s an adult present to supervise. It’s just not safe.

 4. Make pool safety a priority.

Secure your pool with appropriate barriers — and supervise children at all times.

 5. Keep your barbecue grill at least 10 feet away from anything that can burn.

That means your car, your house, trees, bushes — anything that can catch on fire. To prevent an accidental grease fire — before you light up your grill — don’t forget to clean out all that grease that’s built up over time. Never use kerosene or gasoline to light a charcoal fire — those fuels can cause explosions.

 6. Inspect backyard playground equipment carefully.

Be sure equipment like swing sets are anchored safely into the ground and ensure that nothing is broken or in a state of disrepair. Also check that any bolts, nails, etc., aren’t sticking out.

 7. Don’t forget your pets.

If you head to the mall or the grocery store, leave your pet at home. Being cooped up in the car, even with the window cracked open, can prove deadly to your animals. Don’t forget to leave out a lot of fresh, clean water for all your pets.