Knowledge is power when it comes to keeping a building and its occupants safe
If you own a business or manage property of any kind, understanding how to best secure your property and keep any occupants, residents, or visitors safe is a major responsibility. No matter what kind of security system or life safety system contractor you hire, it’s always helpful to understand the issues surrounding these systems and which ones may be the best fit for your property.
Here are a few links to help you understand more about life safety systems, technologies, and processes:
1. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), is the leading source of information on fire, electrical, and home safety hazards. The NFPA develops a variety of safety standards for buildings and technologies based on research and development as well as practical experience. The NFPA website provides detailed information on all of the organization’s codes and standards, in-depth statistical information and reports, and blog posts and guides about all kinds of fire safety issues, including everything from reducing the risk of electrical surges to taking steps to prevent runaway wildfires.
In addition, the NFPA also has created several public safety awareness campaigns, including Fire Prevention Week, the Fire Sprinkler Initiative, and Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.
2. National Fire Information Council (NFIC)
The National FIre Information Council (NFIC) is an organization committed to compiling and sharing timely fire emergency data and emergency response information. It works with fire service organizations to help them identify problems and implement new policies and technologies. NFIC also assists these organizations in implementing the National Fire Incident Reporting System program, a government program that helps local fire organizations share information with FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security.
The NFIC website has a variety of articles, guides, and research reports pertaining to fire-related data and how to use it to understand trends and prevent fires in the circumstances in which they are most prevalent.
3. United States Fire Administration (USFA)
As a part of FEMA, the United States Fire Administration (USFA) is tasked with developing policies and programs to help inform the public and further the education of fire safety and general safety professionals, and publishing comprehensive data on a variety of fire safety issues. Recent USFA reports include the analysis of data pertaining to the locations, impacts, and causes of fires, as well as information on firefighter injuries and fatalities.
4. National Association of State Fire Marshals
The National Association of State Fire Marshals is comprised of senior level state fire officials from around the United States. These officials’ responsibilities include setting and editing fire codes and standards, advising state legislatures and governors on fire safety issues, educating the public on fire safety, and investigating major fires, including cases of suspected arson.
NASFM’s many available reports include surveys and in-depth interviews with fire safety officials – with much of the information focused on trying to understand the unknown and missing data about the causes of fires throughout the United States.
5. Home Security List
Home Security List is a website and blog dedicated on providing consumers up-to-date information about security systems technology. The website compares a variety of products on a regular basis, as well as provides general information about best security and safety practices. While many of the posts are geared toward homes, a majority of the information is still applicable to larger, multi-unit residential buildings as well as commercial and industrial spaces.
While these websites can give you a great deal of information about life safety issues, when it comes to installing the systems in your property or business, you’ll need to consult with the experts. To learn more, contact LifeSafety Management today at 800-330-1158 or through our contact form for a free consultation.