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Why Fire Prevention Plan is Essential for Enterprises

Why Fire Prevention Plan is Essential for EnterprisesEnterprises are vulnerable to a number of threats, and the fire is the most common of them. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, on average, a fire department responded to a fire somewhere in the US every 24 seconds in 2019. Reducing the risk of a potential fire at the enterprise is one of the most important things managers can and must do to protect employees, customers, and property.

What is a fire prevention plan?

The first step enterprises can take to ensure fire protection is to create a fire prevention plan. The main goal of such a plan is to identify and control fire hazards before they occur and maintenance of fire prevention measures. This document should list where all the fire extinguishers, alarms, and other fire-fighting equipment are in the enterprise location, describe potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and tools, which are used in work, as well as note measures in the event of a threat and sequential steps of evacuation.

How to keep fire-fighting equipment in good condition

However, it is not enough just to list fire-fighting equipment in a fire prevention plan. It must be regularly inspected to ensure its good condition and readiness for usage. The most simple, fast, and efficient way to do this is to turn to special mobile apps. Fire inspection apps allow users to instantly collect all necessary data, generate complete reports, share them with governing bodies and any organizations, as well as safely store them right on a mobile device for constant access. This is not just the easiest way of work with inspection data, but also the most reliable.

Snappii offers its ready-to-use Fire Inspection app. It is an excellent tool to perform inspections and capture required data easily and quickly. Fire Inspection app covers such important fire safety components as extinguishers, fire hydrants, fire prevention, daycare fire inspection, etc. Fill in pre-made mobile form, take and add photos, report locations, capture handwritten signatures, email and store completed forms, and more. Learn how the app works from this video. Download and try Fire Inspection app for iOS and Android devices. If you need any app customization, contact Snappii team and we will discuss it.

5 Steps of Fire Extinguisher Inspection

5 Steps of Fire Extinguisher InspectionA properly working extinguisher could save many lives. To ensure that fire extinguishers are in good working condition, their inspection should be conducted monthly. Businesses can bring external professionals or train their own employees as part of an overall fire safety strategy. It is critical that employees know about the most common issues, identifying during an inspection, and knows how to respond accordingly. Here are 5 mandatory steps of proper fire extinguisher inspection.

1. Visibility and accessibility

Ensure a fire extinguisher is present in the area, and it is easily visible. It should be easily accessed during an emergency. Also, prevent the extinguisher from being moved and damaged.

2. Physical state

Closely check overall condition, labeling and physical defects of the extinguisher. Metal parts should be free of any signs of damage, as well as serial number and other notes should be readable. Check a secure connection of all extinguisher’s parts. Ensure a proper condition of hose without any cracks. The pin locks prevents accidental discharge of the extinguisher. It also should be checked.

3. Pressure gauge

Check the gauge to ensure the needle points to the green area. This means that the extinguisher is fully charged and ready for use. The needle in the left red zone means that the extinguisher is undercharged, and the right red zone signals a danger of being overcharged.

4. Maintenance or inspection tag

Ensure the extinguisher has a maintenance or inspection tag with regular marks.

5. Inspection report

Besides the mark on the inspection tag, the general inspection report should be created. It usually contains summarize observations, any comments, name/signature and date.

Mobile solutions for fast and efficient fire extinguisher inspections

Snappii is able to provide a solution to significantly simplify and optimize extinguisher inspection. The ready-made Fire Inspection app is the best tool to ensure that the premises has all fire safety and fire suppression equipment in place and in good working order. The app users can carry out monthly fire extinguisher inspections and collect all necessary data with their mobile devices. Also they can take and attach photos related to the inspection. The completed inspection forms are able to be generated to the report in the PDF format. The report can be signed and shared with anyone, as well as safely stored right in the app. Fire Inspection app is available in Apple App Store and Google Play.

Moreover, Snappii can use your already existing inspection forms and checklists and convert them to the app. Thanks to powerful Snappii Form Converter, it is a fast and affordable process. You can send us your forms and requirements here. Form conversion is available as a DIY option. Anyone can try it yourself. No special skills required.


3 Actions to Prevent Fire at the Enterprise

3 Actions to Prevent Fire at the EnterpriseThe fundamentals of fire safety of any enterprise are not only the presence of fire extinguishers and evacuation plan. This concept is much more extensive and includes fire preventive trainings, safe behavior, constant inspections and reporting. The main causes of fire situations at the enterprise are:

– poor power, short circuit;

– faulty equipment, incorrect operation of equipment;

– neglect and violation of fire safety rules;

– improper storage of flammable things.

Here are 3 major activities of fire prevention at the enterprise.

Forewarned is forearmed

Provide training and maintenance of guidelines and procedures aimed to assure the safety of all employees. Pay special attention to trust and responsibility in the team. The more trust workers have in each other, the better equipped they are for whatever problems and incidents do arise in the workplace. Conduct regular fire alarm trainings and do not spare time for analysis of actions.

Constant communication

Always maintain clear lines of communication. Whether it’s a regular report, or any observations and comments, make sure all the team knows what’s going on. In every field communication is the key to operate safely and efficiently, and to making sure that everyone is on the same page.

Regular inspections

Regular fire safety inspections are the key for trouble-free and safe operation of the enterprise and the calmness of its managers. Work out a plan of inspections and strictly observe it. In order for such quite time consuming activity to take place without problems and misses, special inspection apps can be required. They allow inspectors to organize and optimize fire safety inspection and make it faster but proper.

Fire Inspection app

Snappii offers Fire Inspection app to help businesses in providing safe workplace and ensure that the premises have all fire suppression equipment in place and in good working order. It is the excellent tool to capture required data easily and quickly and add it to pre-made mobile forms. Take photos related to the inspection, include them into the PDF inspection forms, capture handwritten signatures, report locations with map or GPS features and more. Fire Inspection app conveniently stores all necessary data which is always available. Snappii team is able to customize this app to your specific needs. Contact us with any requirements.

Maintaining Fire-Fighting Equipment with Snappii Inspection Apps

Maintaining fire-fighting equipment should be on every company’s agenda. Fire is one of the leading causes of property loss in the United States. A report released by the US Fire Administration in 2015 stated “an estimated 377,900 building fires are reported to fire departments per year. These fires were responsible for around 2,634 deaths, 12,525 injuries and over $7 billion in property lost”.

Safety first

Fire is the leading cause of property damage in the workplace. If not properly prepared, the result can be serious injuries, or even fatalities. Fire prevention, although usually neglected, play a vital role in the life of any enterprise.

There are usually two elements in fire safety. General Safety measures include informing employees which route to go in case of an emergency, safety behavior in workflow and having periodic fire drills. Fire Equipment Safety measures check fire extinguishers and other tools to make sure they can still perform in a crisis.

Inspection apps for better fire-fighting equipment maintenance

Regular inspections and maintenance of fire-fighting equipment can be made easier with a digital platform. Storing and processing the information can be done in the form of pictures and forms, which can be emailed to coworkers and kept in a digital safe-box where not even fire can get to it. Specialized mobile apps can do more than just check your fire extinguishers and equipment. Snappii offers a wide range of features like the ability collect data across multiple devices, keep inventory of all equipment, uploading inspection reports to cloud drive, work offline and online and even map and GPS features. You can find these functions in ready-made Fire Extinguisher Inspection app. Snappii can customize an app to meet any requirement, even outside of the spectrum of inspections. Visit our website for more information.

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