Fire safety company with offices in Ajax says business must take fire safety more “seriously”


Published October 6, 2022 at 10:06 am

 It’s not just homeowners who need to be educated on fire safety, says an industry leader in fire protection and life safety.

Business, explains a press release from Classic Fire + Life Safety, needs to take fire protection seriously.

While fire departments from Oshawa to Uxbridge will be offering tips to homeowners on staying safe from careless household fires during next week’s Fire Prevention Week, Classic Fire will be launching a campaign to help raise awareness on the importance of commercial fire prevention. Planned to coincide with Fire Prevention Week, October 9 to 15, the campaign aims to remind Canadians that non-residential fires can be prevented and better managed to help save lives, property, and livelihoods.

This year the company wants to share the residential fire prevention week spotlight and raise awareness of the need for businesses to take fire protection seriously.

“Even with the Fire Code being widely enforced, we still see many businesses forgetting about the important role they play in the fire safety of their businesses,” says Chris Berwick, Vice President of Service at Classic Fire + Life Safety. “Just like our students are getting back into the school mind-set this October, we want to remind businesses to get into the fire prevention mind-set and ensure that they are doing the important daily checks and inspections that will keep their property, and the people in them, safe.”

The National Fire Protection Association has organized Fire Prevention Week for the last 100 years to help educate Canadians on fire safety. This year’s theme is “Fire won’t wait. Plan your escape.” The NFPA reported 500,000 fires between 2015 and 2019, with nearly 115,000 of them in non-residential buildings.

“Installing necessary structures and systems to prevent fires is key to ensuring the safety of buildings,” says Dave Widdis, Regional Service Manager at Classic FLS. “And that is key to offering staff and customers a safe environment in which they can grow.”

The fire prevention experts at Classic Fire + Life Safety have provided some reminders on what businesses must do to be code compliant, and fire safe:

  • Keep doorways, corridors, and egress paths clear and unobstructed
  • Install and maintain clear signage for exit doors
  • Check the power to your fire alarm system and ensure there are no existing troubles on the panel.
  • During winter weather, check fire pump rooms to ensure they are above freezing.
  • Do not tamper with any fire system equipment such as smoke detectors, pull stations or fire extinguishers
  • Establish a Preventative Maintenance Program and make it a priority
  • Comply with all local Fire Code requirements

Classic Fire + Life Safety has eight offices around the country – including one on Francorn Street in Ajax – and more than 35 years experience as a fire protection contractor and service provider.

The company also owns and operates Apex, a fire sprinkler fabrication and supply company, and Northern Sprinkler Design, a fire sprinkler design and engineering services company.

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