Top 5 Tips For Environmentally Friendly Fire Safety
Environmentally friendly fire safety is becoming a major part of the fire protection plan of businesses throughout Australia and the world. People today are a lot more aware of their environmental footprint than they perhaps were in past decades. As business owners, it’s up to us to do what we can to reduce our environmental impact so that we’re more attractive to consumers.
With this in mind, I’ve put together a list of my top five tips for environmentally friendly fire safety in the office. They include:
- Use A Fire Suppression System With Non-toxic Gases
Many fire suppression systems use toxic or harmful gases that are very pollution. Although laws are changing and it’s becoming harder to use toxic fire suppression systems, you still need to choose carefully. Go for something that uses an inert gas – like argon – that won’t contribute to things like global warming or the destruction of the ozone layer.
- Don’t Store Toxic Chemicals Near Fire Risk Areas
As a business owner, one of the the worst things you can do is store dangerous, toxic or polluting chemicals near areas which have a high fire risk. If a fire does occur, these chemicals could be vaporised or otherwise make their way into the environment, causing significant damage to sensitive ecosystems. Make sure that you always follow appropriate fire safety measures and sustainable business practices when you’re working out where to store chemicals.
- Use A Water-Saving Sprinkler System
Older style sprinkler systems generally use a lot of water, but aren’t actually very efficient when it comes to putting out fires. Newer ‘mist’ systems are a lot more water efficient, and they are actually better at containing fires than older systems. Speak to your local fire safety expert to find out if it’s possible to upgrade your system.
- Dispose Of Used Extinguishers Properly
Although you may not realise it, fire extinguishers are classified as dangerous goods. They generally contain a nasty cocktail of toxic chemicals, and it’s very important to dispose of used or unwanted fire extinguishers properly.
- Speak To An Expert To Find Out What You Can Do
If you’re serious about building an eco-friendly fire safety system, the first thing you should do is speak to your local fire safety expert. They should be able to advise you on changes you can make to your current fire safety plan, and they will be able to tell you what equipment you should upgrade.
There are many things you can do if you’re serious about creating an environmentally friendly fire safety system. Make sure that you dispose of used equipment properly, make sure that you’re using the latest eco-friendly fire suppression technology, and consider getting advice from a fire safety expert.