Each year, millions of dollars in property damage and loss occur due to fires. There are many different factors that cause fires to ignite, electrical short-circuits being one of the most common reasons. Others times it is due to human error or neglect, while there are times when arson is the culprit. Whatever the cause of the fire, if most of the homes and businesses that suffered loss as a result of fires had some sort of fire alarm system, the extent of the damages could have, in most cases, been minimized. There are many places around today that do not comply with Fire and Safety regulations, which can have legal implications if said organizations and businesses are found to be in breach. This is even more serious if persons get hurt in a fire as lawsuits can be filed against the businesses and the respective regulatory agencies can also lay charges on them.
Even though having a fire alarm system installed in your home or at your business place is a major step towards fire safety, it is also important to inspect electrical connections from time to time. For example, if you plan on buying/leasing/renting a new office, have a qualified electrician take a look at the fuse box, electrical outlets, lighting fixtures, and so on in an attempt to identify any potential fire hazards. You can also inspect the power cords on electrical and electronic devices like computers, copiers, printers, fax machines, etc. You can never be too safe. So keep in mind these points and if you do not yet have a fire alarm system installed in your home or at your business place, consider installing one as soon as possible. Always remember “safety first!”