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June 2017 Bulletin 219

Posted by Firepoint on 2017-06-14 15:29:39 EDT

Reviewing Your Fire Safety Plan

Given that a fire safety plan (FSP) is to be reviewed at intervals of no greater than twelve months, some advance preparation may help in the management of this important task. On average, an FSP may easily run over fifty pages, and it may seem somewhat overwhelming to review and update. As a starting point to commence the update process, it is necessary to establish when the FSP was accepted by your city officials.

The date is normally found on a letter from the City, or a stamp located on the front cover of the FSP. A copy of the FSP would be contained with the FSP box located at the entrance to the premises. If a copy cannot be located, the original developer of the FSP may be consulted with a view to obtaining an electronic copy, to which a fee may be anticipated. Starting with the Initial changes, building personnel would review and update sections of the FSP pertaining to the human resources contact information, those individuals with special needs, and the fire supervisory staff. Once all revised information has been double-checked, the updated pages may be inserted into the FSP.

Regarding the review of the floor plan drawings contained within the FSP, an internal walkabout may be conducted to confirm the placement of the fire and life safety equipment. In some case, building operators opt to issue these drawings to their elected fire equipment service company to verify while they are performing their annual equipment inspections. Further instruction may also be given to check the accuracy of the demising wall, exit routes, or any other equipment modifications such as the addtion of newly installed fire detection or initializing devices. These marked up drawings may then be forwarded to the original publisher of the FSP to allow them to make the requested revisions.

For more extensive FSP updates pertaining to fire alarm and sprinkler system retrofits or structural add-ons, the developer of the FSP will conduct a site assessment. Their comprehensive audit would verify the specifications on the operational sequence of an existing or newly-installed fire alarm system, along with its connecting functions such as magnetic door-locking devices, elevator homing functions, smoke control features and advanced evacuation procedures. Upon completion, submission to the City for examination and acceptance would follow.

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