How managers can move their organization from reactive emergencies to planned activities
Angela Testa, senior vice president of operations at American Campus Communities, strengthens operations without compromising a healthy work environment
In facilities where construction or installation work has taken place but no firestop inspections have occurred, managers should take a look at fire and smoke walls immediately. Making necessary repairs to fire-containment systems and documenting the work will help the organization comply with building codes.
Managers whose facilities are in the middle of a construction, renovation or installation project must make contractors aware of the need to install and verify the proper firestop systems. Managers also should make it a point to include firestop installation and inspection in any projects they undertake.
Firestop systems are one part of a fire-prevention and fire-suppression system. Additional steps:
• Test all sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers and smoke and fire detectors regularly to ensure they are in proper operating condition.
• Make sure building staff and occupants know how to use fire extinguishers properly.
• Follow all rules and regulations — those mandated by law and those mandated by common sense — to prevent fires.
• Develop or update an evacuation plan in the event of a fire, post it, and practice it.
Construction and Renovation Projects Call for Firestop Inspections