For Immediate Release
August 21, 2008
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Fires cost lives, cause injuries, ruin property and disrupt businesses – but many devastating fires are preventable. That’s why, each October, the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association celebrates Fire Prevention Month by reminding building property managers about the importance of fire safety planning and preparedness, centered on a balanced fire protection approach.
Balanced fire protection means that fire safety should not rely on one single safeguard, but rather a complete and balanced design, including a variety of fire equipment products ranging from portable fire extinguishers and standpipe fire hose stations to pre-engineered suppression systems, as well as an evacuation plan.
“While property managers and tenants need to work together everyday to minimize the risk of fires in their buildings, Fire Safety Month is a fitting time for property managers to re-evaluate their fire protection plan, ensure equipment is in proper working condition, and communicate evacuation steps with tenants,” says Joe Beranek, president of the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association. “With a balanced design, proper training, and a well-identified evacuation plan, loss can be minimized and lives can be saved.”
The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is offering property managers the following fire safety checklist, including seven simple steps to help save lives and protect property:
During the first few minutes of a fire, a tenant’s first defense is a portable fire extinguisher or a standpipe occupant fire hose station. But prior to attempting to extinguish a fire, a tenant should first contact the fire department; assure everyone is safe; confirm the fire is small and does not appear to be spreading; and there is a clear path between the fire and the exit.
About the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association
The Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association is a more than 60-year-old non-profit trade association dedicated to saving lives and protecting property by providing education of a balanced fire protection design. For additional information, including videos, interactive questionnaires and training websites about fire safety and protection, visit www.femalifesafety.org or call 216-241-7333. For a complete listing of member companies, visit the Member Profiles page of the association’s website at www.femalifesafety.com/membership.html.
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