Extinguisher Inspections in Empty Buildings – If you are the current owner or proprietor of an empty building, e.g office blocks, factories or any other commercial premises, then you have a responsibility to procure and establish fire safety measures in that building.
Despite the fact that the building is empty, the same legal obligations apply for an empty building as an occupied one and that responsibility is with the present owner until another takes over.
As an owner of an empty commercial property, losing out on rent and having responsibility toward an unused building can be difficult but good safety and security measures ensure you are protecting surrounding structures, personal assets and making your building a more attractive utility for a prospective purchaser.
Fire Safety Risks in Empty Buildings
Every year thousands of unoccupied properties fall victim to fire damage. The reason vacant properties have different fire risks is because the lack of activity, checks and active presence on the site can allow problems to develop out of control.
Empty buildings are often hotspots for antisocial behaviour and can become shelters for vagrants. These individuals can bring in an excess of materials that could escalate a fire if one broke out and can cause careless damage to fire safety equipment.
The biggest concern from antisocial behaviour is arson. Arsonists often believe setting an empty building alight is better than burning down an occupied property. Although it is difficult to predict an arson attack, you can put measures in place to reduce the risk and if an arson attack does occur, and you have taken the appropriate fire safety measures, your insurance should support you.
Additionally, pests can be an issue in vacant buildings. With no one around, pests may move in and can go unnoticed. They can chew through wires and cause electrical fires.
Controlling Fire Safety Risks.
To make sure an empty building is as safe for the duration of the unoccupancy, the specific risks above should be considered on top of all the most common fire risks of traditional/occupied buildings. As well as protecting your property, taking necessary fire safety measures will keep your insurance premiums down. Insurers like to see that you are proactively approaching fire safety and a key indicator is performing Fire Extinguisher Inspections in Empty Buildings. These Include:
- Remote monitoring of the fire alarm is an excellent risk mitigation strategy
- Remove any inventory from the site as part of shutdown.
- Secure the Building to stop unwanted entry.
- Remove all waste, excess furniture and other items not forming part of the fittings.
- Remove Floor coverings where possible as all of the mentioned items are likely to be combustible.
Fire safety risks can be controlled by using preventative fire safety measures and making sure all fire safety requirements and by continuing to perform monthly and annual Fire Extinguisher Inspections in Empty Building.
An assessment will indicate any high risk of intrusion, fire risks or potential for malicious damage. Building owners should take the outcome of the fire risk assessment and reactively improve the levels of security and protection.
Fire Safety Inspections
To ensure your building has a reduced risk of fire going into unoccupancy, you should keep your fire safety equipment in the best shape possible. It is part of your fire safety responsibilities as an owner within an empty property to actively maintain systems and service and repair equipment. Perform Extinguisher Inspections in Empty Buildings and maintain all fire safety equipment in those buildings to ensure that you are protected in the event that a fire does occur.
Use Fire Extinguisher Inspection Software to ensure that you Never Miss an Inspection.
The type of software is used in Manufacturing, Universities, Healthcare, Aviation and many more to manage their Monthly, Annual, 6/12 Year Inspections.
Fire Extinguisher Inspection Software can also be flexible enough to Inspect Fire Doors, Emergency Showers, Emergency Lights, AED’s, Eyewash Stations, Anything etc.
Typical Features include:
- Inspection Routes Ensure No Inspections are Missed
- Monthly Report of All Completed Inspections
- Inspect Anything, Fire Doors, Emergency Showers, AED’s, Eyewash Stations, Anything etc.
- Automatic Email Alerts Let Managers Know of Any Missed Inspections
- Corrective Actions For Failed Inspections, with Email Notifications.
- Full Inventory of all Devices at every Location, Full Tracking of Movable Items
Fire Alarm Maintenance
Fire alarm systems are essential for early warning that there is a fire in your building. A fully working fire alarm system can alert you to a fire before it takes hold and causes devastating damage. A monitored security or fire alarm also guarantees a professional and fast response during an emergency.
In an empty building, emergency lighting is key for a lot of different reasons. Firstly, if a fire does occur, emergency lighting can increase the chance of your building being saved. By having an emergency lighting system in place in an unoccupied building, it can help the fire services find their way around the property.
Fire Extinguisher Barcode Inspection Software
Fire Extinguisher Barcode Inspection Software system can be used to manage monthly fire extinguisher inspections, annual inspections and 6 year and 12 year inspections and also general fire safety inspections. Allowing Managers to record safety observations while performing facility tours which can improve overall fire safety. A Fire Extinguisher Inspection Software system that can create corrective actions as a result of inspection failures and allocate these corrective active actions to the appropriate persons, with deadlines for resolution will greatly reduce the time, effort and cost of managing NFPA inspections. Implementing a Fire Extinguisher Barcode System, where users scan each fire extinguisher using a Mobile Fire Extinguisher Inspection Software App aids with compliance with NFPA and The joint Commission and other Authorities having Jurisdiction(ADJ’s) within Universities, Colleges, Hospitals, Medical Centers, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas and many other sectors.
Easy to Use – Fire Extinguisher Barcode System
IMEC Inspection Software is am easy to use fire extinguisher barcode system which will schedule, manage, track and report on any type of inspection, including Facility, Equipment, People etc. Use Cases include fire extinguisher barcode system, equipment or asset inspection system or facilities inspection software. When used as a fire extinguisher barcode system Inspections are performed via the Mobile app which is available on iOS, Android and Windows devices. The user identifies the inspection point by scanning a barcode, or picking from a list based on location. The Mobile App which is part of the fire extinguisher barcode system will then display the list of custom Forms or Checklists. The fire extinguisher barcode system inspections can be performed offline if no internet connection is available.
The IMEC Mobile Safety App can also be used as a Fire Door Inspection App and with the Web based flexible Forms Manager the solution can be used as a Fire Door Inspection Software Solution also. Fire Door Inspection Software is used is large facilities with large quantities of Fire Doors like Hospitals, Universities and also Cruise Ships.
Not Just A Fire Extinguisher Barcode System but a Complete Fire Life Safety Inspection Software Solution
IMEC Inspection Software can be deployed as a full Fire Life Safety Inspection Software solution that can be used to manage an organization’s full range of fire and life safety inspections. The IMEC Fire Life Safety Inspection Software can manage any type of inspection, use cases include Fire Doors, Fire Pumps, Eyewash Stations, Emergency Lights, Emergency Showers, Grease Traps, AED’s and many more. The IMEC Fire Life Safety Inspection Software can manage any type safety equipment or asset inspection. The user identifies the inspection point by scanning a barcode, or picking from a list based on location. The Mobile App will then display the list of custom Forms or Checklists. The solution can be used within Hospitals as a Hospital Inspection Software solution to manage all hospital inspections and Environment of Care Rounds. Hospital Inspection Software makes Daily, Weekly and Monthly Inspections more efficient and accurate. IMEC’s Hospital Inspection Software allows health care and facility managers to monitor the inspections across their entire organization to aid compliance and increase efficiency.
EH&S Inspection Software
IMEC’s EH&S Inspection Software can be used to manage any type of EHS Inspection and allows manager to record safety observations while performing facility tours which can improve overall workplace safety. This EH&S Inspection Software solution that can create corrective actions as a result of inspection failures for inspections performed using the Safety Inspection Software Mobile App. Corrective actions are allocated to the appropriate persons, with deadlines for resolution which will greatly reduce the time, effort and cost of managing compliance inspections. Implementing an EH&S Inspection software solution, where users using the Safety Inspection Software Mobile App can easily perform inspections in the field aids compliance, reduces risk and standardizes the inspection process within your organization.
Asset Inspection Management Software
IMEC’s Asset Inspection Management Software can be used to manage any type of Asset Inspection. This Asset Inspection Management Software solution can create corrective actions as a result of asset inspection failures for inspections. Corrective actions are allocated to the appropriate persons, with deadlines for resolution which will greatly reduce the time, effort and cost of managing compliance inspections. Implementing an Asset Inspection management software solution, where users using a Mobile App can easily perform inspections in the field aids compliance, reduces risk and standardizes the inspection process within your organization.
Lock Out Tag Out Software Solutions
IMEC’s Lock Out Tag Out Software Solutions allow a LOTO procedure to be defined for each piece of equipment that requires LOTO to be managed within the system. Equipment can be managed from both Mobile and Web App. Isolation points for the each piece of equipment are managed, images associated with both the piece of equipment and isolation points can be annotated to include energy source icon, arrows, sequence etc. Lock Out Tag Out Procedures can be authored using the Mobile App with version control and with an approval workflow. Lock Out Tag Out Procedures are executed using the Mobile App on any Smart Phone or Tablet. Lockout Tagout procedures are initiated by the user identifying the piece of equipment by either scanning QR Code or selecting the piece of equipment from a list. A complete history of completed Lockout Tagout Procedures is recorded. The status for the piece of equipment can be updated after LOTO is complete – Locked / Unlocked. An Audit option on the Mobile App allows a procedure to be reviewed without performing LOTO on the piece of equipment. Corrective Actions can be created for any Non-conformances or changes required recorded during the Procedure Review. Data Analytics within the IMEC Lock Out Tag Out Software Solutions provide machine downtime analysis to aid in operational efficiency and investment decisions.
IMEC Technologies provides Safety Management Software to increase worker safety and aid compliance. IMEC’s Safety Management Software will manage inspections and audits, provides hazard identification, incident reporting, management of corrective and preventative actions from generation to closure. IMEC provides lock out tag out software solutions that will allow users to create lockout tagout procedures using an intuitive Mobile App and Manage Lockout Tagout Procedures, also the Review and Execution of those Lockout Tagout Procedures using the Mobile App. Annual Lockout Tagout Procedures audits are conducted using a Mobile App. The Mobile Inspection App allow users to perform inspections and audits, for example the system can be used as a Fire Extinguisher Barcode Inspection Software system to manage monthly fire extinguisher inspections and general fire safety inspections and also to record safety observations and manage corrective actions, anywhere and anytime. The solution can be used as a fire extinguisher barcode inspection software system or life safety inspection system to aid compliance in Higher Education, Healthcare, Industrial and Commercial Organizations. Benefits from a Fire Extinguisher Barcode System include the elimination of paperwork and reducing the burden of compliance with regulations such as NFPA, The Joint Commission. The Mobile App can also be used as a Fire Door Inspection App and with the flexible Forms Manager the solution can be used as a Fire Door Inspection Software Solution also. Fire Door Inspection Software is used is large facilities with large quantities of Fire Doors like Hospitals, Universities and also Cruise Ships. The Incident Reporting App allows users to easily and quickly report incidents, hazards and near-misses, these are then sent to the appropriate people for action and are managed to closure. Web Apps provide features such as, setup, management, scheduling tools, analysis, reporting and dashboards etc with the ability to report incidents to government bodies such as OSHA and RIDDOR. HazMat T&T is a hazardous waste management software solution designed for Environmental Service Companies and companies who generate a large quantity of hazardous waste. The solution tracks hazardous waste from cradle to grave aiding compliance, providing accurate waste inventory, increasing waste handling efficiency, reducing risk and also helps manage waste costs. HazMat T&T Hazardous Waste Management Software can be deployed in a number of deployment scenarios, from Large Hazardous Waste Generators, tracking their hazardous waste at their site to Environmental Service and Waste Management Companies using it track and manage hazardous waste at transfer and disposal sites. For more information visit our website www.imectechnologies.com