How Often Do Fires Occur?
According to the NFPA, in 2019 there were a total of 1.3 billion fires in the United States. Only about 10% of these fires were classified as non-residential structure fires. Non-residential properties put simply, are business properties. Not included are hotels, motels, and other residential rooming properties, which the NFPA classify as “other residential properties.”Other residential structure fires accounted for an additional 2% of total fires in the US.
So what does this mean? In 2019, there were a total of 120,000 non-residential structure fires, which resulted in over $4.3 billion dollars of property damage.
For other residential properties, in 2019 there were 22,000 fires and $209 million in property damages. In total, businesses suffered over $4.5 billion dollars in damages as a result of fires. In addition, according to FEMA, 25% of businesses that experience a disaster fail within one year, and 40% of businesses do not reopen at all.
As you can see, fire safety is no trivial matter when it comes to the health and success of your business and employees. That’s why at InspectNTrack, we are dedicated to providing top of class fire inspection software that can help you avoid or minimize the consequences of a fire.
How Does Fire Inspection Software Help?
One of the primary steps companies take to mitigate fire danger is performing routine fire safety inspections. However, a fire inspection will only help you if it is done correctly, consistently, and accurately. Human error or simple lack of time can result in you not knowing what equipment you have, where the equipment is, or even if it has expired.
This is why fire inspection software has become a necessity for all businesses. Fire inspection software helps streamline the inspection process. The software can also notify you when an inspection is due, or when a certain piece of equipment is expired or in the wrong location. Certain software also allows you to create custom reports, which can help highlight areas that may need improvement to ensure optimal safety.
A proper fire inspection requires that all assets be inspected, including fire extinguishers, sprinkler systems, fire alarms, fire doors, and emergency lighting and exit signs. These are a lot of assets to keep track of, especially if you’re relying on a manual process. It’s easy to overlook something that could result in a costly mistake.
InspectNTrack’s fire inspection software labels each asset with a barcode that can be easily and quickly scanned. The information is then sent back to the database, where you can see detailed reports on all of your assets. Once the information is input, the software can notify you when the next fire inspection is required or if an asset has expired or out of place, among other critical information.