Tragically, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to over 20,000 people losing their lives worldwide, and that number will only increase. In the United States and in many other countries, non-essential businesses have been forced to either shut down or continue their operations remotely, as employees work from home to avoid sharing germs.
As such, buildings that were once bustling with employees and customers and schools with teachers and children are now all but empty as most people are on “pause’’ to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further.
What to Do If Your Building Has a Commercial Fire Alarm System
Nevertheless, if you own or manage a building that features a fire alarm system or a life safety system, it’s vital that you do whatever you can to maintain those systems. In fact, to make sure systems can remain functioning, vendors are considered essential services to provide commercial buildings with the fire alarm system replacement parts they need.
Why It’s So Important to Maintain Fire Alarm Systems During the Pandemic
Naturally, with so much going on in the personal and professional lives of business owners and managers, their fire alarm systems may not be at the forefront of their minds. However, it’s vital they continue to maintain their systems to ensure no extra pressure is put on fist responders, who are already overburdened from so many people getting sick due to the spread of the virus. The systems working as they should means that is one less thing the first responders have to worry about. This is based on advice from The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
What the NFPA Says Businesses Should Do
In short, the NFPA said businesses should continue to plan on their routine schedules for inspection and testing and that most importantly, they should make sure their fire alarm systems and life safety systems are working properly. In fact, businesses and government agencies should consider inspectors and testers to be essential workers.
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