Facility Managers Play Critical Role in Fire Safety and Evacuation

fireFire safety is perhaps the most important area in which a facility manager is involved, and it requires the individual to have some knowledge about a wide range of topics, including operational considerations, testing and inspection requirements and policies and procedures. Specifically, experts note that a facility manager needs to know at least a little bit about the sprinkler system and the fire alarm system and have some knowledge about fire drills, emergency planning, housekeeping and storage practices, as well as a building’s fire egress features.

It is also important that any fire protection equipment on site is routinely serviced so that it is kept in proper working order and ready when needed.

Urban Maintenance Systems is committed to protecting the health and safety of all workers, the environment we operate in and to the delivery of quality service to our customers.

FM’s Fire Safety Checklist

  1. Fire protection equipment and systems are regularly inspected to ensure they will function effectively if and when they are needed, and also to ensure compliance with relevant legislation and applicable Australian Standards.
  2. Fire sprinklers, water spray, mist or deluge solutions are be tailored to suit the requirements of the building.
  3. The team is confident and trained to respond appropriately in the event of a fire.
  4. Occupants are made aware of the important of keeping fire doors closed at all times to stop flames spreading throughout a building.
  5. Evacuation plans and routes must be shared with occupants and exit signage should be clearly marked.