Shopping Centre Smoke Ventilation and Fire Safety

Fire safety in public areas is a major priority for local fire departments. A good example of a public area which gets extremely busy at certain times is indoor shopping centres. For such a relatively small space, shopping centres can become overrun with busy shoppers, particularly on weekends and school holidays. In the event of a fire, it is important to have fire safety measures and procedures in place to ensure the safety of each individual in and around the area. Shopping centre smoke ventilation is a very important factor that needs addressing.

Fire extinguishers are a must have. They must be in accessible places but without causing any obstructions. There must be clear fire exit signs to inform shoppers and staff of all the available and the nearest fire exits. All fire exit routes and doors must be unobstructed at all times as you never know when a fore might happen.

Regular maintenance checks should be carried out on all shopping centre smoke ventilation systems, fire alarms and water sprinklers to ensure that they are working efficiently. There should be trained fire safety representatives available at all times to keep levels of panic and hysteria to a minimum if a fire should break out. This will contribute to getting all staff and customers out of the shopping centre and into a safe area as quickly as possible.

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