FIRE & SAFETY SYSTEM

Introduction
SMSMPITR facilities are required to have certain types of life safety systems in place and operational. The Office of Access Control & Security Systems is responsible for life safety plan review prior to installation on all construction and renovation projects, and to ensure that all life safety systems are inspected tested, operational and unobstructed. Access to fire protection system equipment and devices (fire extinguishers, fire alarm pull stations, sprinkler heads) should never be obstructed. The following is a synopsis of SMSMPITR fire protection systems
Portable Fire Extinguishers

Portable Fire Extinguishers are considered the first line of defense to combat small fires limited in size. They are required even when a facility is equipped with sprinklers, standpipes and hoses or other fire protection equipment. Fire extinguishers must be appropriate for the types of activities in the area they are located in, and must be labeled as such and located in a visible location.

In the occupational environment, use of fire extinguishers is limited to those employees who have the proper training. SMSMPITR emergency responders have been provided with this training.

Fire Alarm Systems

Fire alarm systems are present in all SMSMPITR buildings. Main panels are located strategically in each buildings, attached to which are a various types of enunciating devices (smoke detectors, heat detectors or specialized detectors) that when triggered, will activate the fire alarm system. Manual pull stations are present and when used will also sound the fire alarm.

Special building operational systems that may be connected to the fire alarm system include, but are not limited to: elevator recall, door closures, door releases, air handler unit shutdown, damper closures, smoke control activation and other smoke, heat and fire protection devices.

Fire alarm systems are designed to alert occupants to evacuate the building, and may include a visual and audible component. When the alarm is sounded, occupants should immediately leave the building according to each department’s emergency evacuation plan. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS – take the stairs to exit the building.

Standpipe Systems

Standpipe systems are a series of pipe that are connected to a water supply for the fire department to fight fires. Dry standpipe systems provide hose outlets throughout the building. Outlets are connected to a riser, and then to a Siamese connection somewhere at street level outside the building. Fire trucks are used as pumpers to provide water from fire hydrants to the Siamese connection and pump water upward throughout the building.

Testing and Inspection

Fire safety systems are tested and inspected in accordance with applicable fire code regulations. Copies of testing are forwarded to applicable building administrators. Any deficiencies noted during the inspection are addressed by an outside vendor with expertise in fire alarm systems.