The New Year is a time to get a fresh start and do things better than we did last year. It’s a time to tackle some of the items on our to-do lists that have gone neglected. This brief down time offers us a chance to start the year off sprinting, if we use it wisely.Read More
Rohen's Burning Issues Blog
Risk and Responsibility:
A disproportionate amount of fire victims are elderly or disabled. The onus is on all of us to consider a range of situations and abilities when planning for fire safety and to protect those who are more vulnerable. In some situations, particularly if you own or manage a property or business, that extends to meeting requirements under the law. Some common situations to plan for include accommodating occupants with hearing, vision, cognitive and mobility differences. Go beyond the obvious. Properly planning fire safety for all means asking more questions ahead of time.
Examples of Considerations:
Are your fire extinguishers within easy reach of someone with below average height, or someone in a wheelchair?
If an occupant had a broken leg or other temporary mobility impairment, how would that impact their ability to exit safely?
Are there less visible scenarios that need to be accounted for, such as heart conditions, autism, PTSD, arthritis, asthma or Alzheimer's?
A small fire, if left unchecked, can easily and quickly spread out of control. Fire extinguishers are one of the most critical pieces of safety equipment that a business owner or property manager can have in the workplace to prevent the spread of fire and protect both property and lives.
Did you know that if you're a business property owner in Ontario and your building falls under certain use or occupancy criteria, you MUST have a Fire Safety Plan in place? A comprehensive fire safety plan is critical to protect the occupants of your building, the safety of the property itself, and the firefighters who, at any given time, may have to respond to a fire emergency.
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