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Navigating Fire Protection Needs During a Pandemic

Navigating Fire Protection Needs During a Pandemic

The opening lines of a poem by Kitty O’Meara… And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still  is an incredible depiction of the current challenges we all face with the pandemic of 2020.

Fire & Life Safety America is Here to Help

Fire & Life Safety America continues to operate in servicing and meeting the fire protection needs of our customers. All 18 of our district locations remain busy by staying on schedule to perform inspection, test and maintenance of life safety systems found in both occupied and non-occupied facilities.

Recently, NFPA President and CEO Jim Pauley said, “First responders rely on commercial and multi-occupancy residential buildings in their communities to have a full array of fire and life safety systems such as working fire detection, alarms and sprinkler systems.”

NFPA Recommendations During the Pandemic

In order to avoid frustrating the current environment by compromising fire and life safety, and leaving buildings vulnerable to vandalism, the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) recommended the following key items:

  • All commercial and multi-occupancy residential buildings should maintain fully operational fire and life safety systems as required by the applicable codes and standards. (NFPA 25, NFPA 72, NFPA 101)
  • Those responsible for these buildings should adhere to the expected schedules for inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) that are vital to their operation. If they are unable to do so, they should contact their local authority having jurisdiction.
  • Public and private employees who perform the inspection, maintenance and other responsibilities for these systems should be deemed essential workers.

The last lines of the aforementioned poem And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses…and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those impacted by COVID-19, and especially with the heroic first responders on the front lines protecting us.

More information from the NFPA on COVID-19 can be found here.