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Significance Of An Emergency Action Plan

By rain in 

Developing an emergency action plan is vital to the safety of employees, residents, and customers for businesses.  This emergency action plan may be mandated by your insurance company, or the Authority Having Jurisdiction(AHJ) for your area.  The purpose of this plan to ensure that the employers and employees have a proper plan in place and know exactly what do to in an emergency situation.D

Developing your Emergency Action Plan

The initial stage of any emergency action plan is finding out what types of scenarios you need to plan for.  Every emergency action plan should include a plan for fire emergencies, power outages, and severe weather emergencies.  Some will also include any or all of the following: bomb threats, tornado warning, hurricanes, intruder alerts, gas leaks, water leaks, unresponsive person, concussed person, and many more of the like.  It is better to have over-planned the amount of scenarios than under-planned so that your employees, customers, and or residents have a plan in place in case of an emergent situation.


Doing annual trainings is essential to creating a successful plan.  It is great to have a plan in place but if an emergency situation is happening, it is better to know what to do rather than have to look it up.  You can react in a positive manner instead of guessing what to do and creating a situation that is detrimental to the safety of others.  Staff knowing what their role is in helping everyone get to safety and keeping them out of harms way is important in helping everyone keep from becoming panicked.  Everyone reacts differently to situations, but everyone is better prepared if they have practiced the scenario prior to an actual event happening.

Fight vs. Flight

If you have annual trainings with fire extinguishers with either your local fire department or fire protection company, you and your staff will be more comfortable knowing when it is safe to fight the fire versus just evacuating everyone as quickly as possible.  There are times where fighting the fire can be beneficial to saving lives and property and others that can be detrimental to the safety of lives if the fire is to large or the hazard is not safe to extinguish.  Having trainings as part of your emergency action plan can help everyone be more prepared to be able to tell the difference between staying to fight or fleeing and getting everyone to safety.

These are only a few of the many benefits to developing an emergency action plan.  This plan is only as good as it is designed to be.  Using experts in the field makes a big difference between a well designed plan and a poorly designed plan.  Having trainings in place also make a big difference between successfully executing the plan and chaos ensuing an emergency unfolding.  Working with a fire protection company can help make sure you are prepared in the event of a fire.  They will help you determine the best course of action for the people inside the building and developing the roles for those involved.  Use your resources available today and contact a local fire protection company to find out how they can help you develop your best possible emergency action plan.

Fire Extinguisher Servicing

By rain in 

Fire extinguishers are a vital part of fire protection, but all too often they get misused as door stops or worse – left in a corner and forgotten about. But ignored fire extinguishers have a hidden risk: a failure to operate if not properly maintained can cause serious injury and even death when they are not regularly checked because they are pressurized vessels.

MS Fire systems offers quality servicing and maintenance for all types of fire extinguishers, there are basically are two types of maintenance procedures. Visual inspection by the user and maintenance by a competent person.

Visual basic inspection

The visual inspection should be carried out, and recorded, on a monthly basis and cover:

  • Location of the extinguisher – is it in the right place?
  • Visibility of the extinguisher – is it positioned in such a way that it can be easily seen?
  • Operating instructions – are the instructions facing outwards, clean and easy to read?
  • The condition of the extinguisher – has it been used, is there any obvious damage or are there any missing parts?
  • Extinguisher pressure – is the pressure of the extinguisher within safe operating limits?
  • Tamper seals – have the seals and tamper indicators been broken?

Extended servicing

Every five years most fire extinguishers need an extended service. This means completely discharging the extinguisher, checking for internal corrosion, refilling and repressurising.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) extinguishers need an extended service every 10 years. This involves a hydrostatic pressure test, to comply with pressure vessel legislation and a new valve. Most fire extinguisher servicing engineers will supply a ‘service exchange’ (refurbished) unit due to the onerous requirements of this process. It can be cheaper to purchase a new extinguisher.