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How Often Should Commercial Dryer Vents Be Cleaned?

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As a laundromat or other on-site laundry business owner you know the importance of maintenance when it comes to employee and customer safety. Not cleaning dryer vents poses a severe fire hazard since the lint builds up and forces the machine to work harder and harder to achieve the same results. This often leads to overheating and the lint catching fire as a consequence. 

Every year there are 2,900 dryer fires and $35 million worth of property damage caused by residential dryers. The dryer is the number one household appliance that catches fire in America. What’s more, the risk posed by dryer fires is much higher in a commercial environment due to the number of dryers and their proximity to each other.

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Who is Responsible for Fire Safety in the Workplace?

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Most people understand the importance of having the right workplace fire safety measures in place. After all, we spend about one third of our adult life at work. It makes sense that the place where we spend so much time needs to be safe. It’s why we have building fire codes and other protective measures.

What isn’t as clear, however, is who is responsible for fire safety in the workplace. What is up to the employer, what is up to the employees, and what can be left to outside vendors?

This article breaks down the most important aspects of workplace fire safety, and spells out whose job it is to ensure those aspects are met.

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What are the Fire Sprinkler Inspection Requirements?

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It is highly likely that your building or facility has a sprinkler system in place as part of your fire protection equipment. These automatic systems often act as the first line of defense if the worst happens, and a fire does indeed break out.    

With sprinklers forming such a vital part of your fire safety plan, it’s essential to get them regularly inspected and tested to make sure they are performing optimally. If you are a business owner or facilities manager, you may be wondering how often you should get your sprinkler systems inspected and tested.

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Active vs. Passive Fire Protection Systems: The Basics You Need to Know

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Every building needs to have adequate fire protection in place to ensure the safety of the lives of employees and to maintain the integrity of business assets.

When people envision fire protection, they think of sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers. But these two methods come under the umbrella of only one of the two categories of fire protection systems.

Those two fire protection systems are known as “active” and “passive.” Learning the distinction between the two is crucial for understanding why you cannot have one and not the other in your building.

Let’s start with Active Fire Protection.

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How to Choose the Right Fire Extinguisher

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Fire extinguishers may all look similar, but there are actually different types of extinguishers designed to put out different types of fires. Having the right type of fire extinguisher for your needs is critical to protecting lives and assets, and will help you be prepared if a fire breaks out.

Here are 3 important considerations to keep in mind when choosing the right fire extinguisher for your needs.    

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