Earlier this year, the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) responded to a serious structure fire that was caused by careless smoking. The fire department arrived within five minutes to put out the flames and rescue a dog from the burning building.
It took about 40 firefighters to extinguish the fire. Upon arrival, the smoke alarms inside the building were going off. This is a good sign because without functional smoke alarms, the fire may not have been detected as quickly. Once the fire was put out, the structure had some substantial damage inside, but it did not collapse.
Fire protection is a huge part of maintaining and protecting a building against fire damage — whether careless smoking is involved or not. Had there not been a fire alarm system in place, the building could have burned down completely or experienced further damage.
In this blog, we will discuss how to prevent careless smoking, how to prevent a serious structure fire, and who you should call when you’re in need of fire protection services.
How to Prevent Careless Smoking
As a fire protection company, we fully support fire safety and taking precautionary measures. Along with the CSFD and National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), Frontier Fire would like to remind residents of smoking regulations that will help to avoid fire-related incidents:
- Use fire-safe cigarettes
- Smoke outside, never inside the building
- Keep all smoking paraphernalia such as lighters, cigarettes, matches, etc. in a safe place, that’s out of reach from children
- Make sure you completely put out your cigarette once you’re done smoking — you can either use water or sand in an ashtray to completely put out the lit end
How to Prevent a Serious Structure Fire
In order to protect your building or structure from going up in flames, you should invest in quality fire protection equipment. This includes fire alarms and fire sprinklers that are put in place to detect, alert, and extinguish fires quickly.
It’s also important to have your fire protection devices well maintained and inspected on a regular basis. Inspections should be scheduled on either a monthly, bi-annual, or annual basis, depending on the device. This will ensure you don’t have any major fire related issues if a fire does occur.
Call Frontier Fire Today!
For full protection, it’s best to schedule regular inspections with a qualified fire protection company. If you’re in need of fire protection in Colorado Springs, give Frontier Fire a call at 719-247-1606.
We recently opened an office in the Colorado Springs area to help serve more businesses and buildings throughout the state of Colorado. Plus we’re open 24/7 in case there’s an emergency situation — so don’t hesitate to contact us day or night if you’re in need.