CINCINNATI — According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 99,500 non-residential fires in businesses ranging from healthcare facilities to hotels to multi-tenant office buildings, resulting in 65 deaths, 1,525 injuries and more than $2.5 million in losses in 2012. Properly maintained fire protection equipment reduces the risk of loss, but there are many things that can make equipment noncompliant or even render it inoperable. To help organizations improve their fire prevention programs and avoid unnecessary fines, Cintas today identified five common fire code violations.
"It's not enough to have fire protection equipment in place," said John Amann, vice president, Cintas Fire Protection, "Periodic testing and inspection of that equipment is necessary to ensure that it will function in an emergency."
Cintas recommends conducting an assessment to ensure you’re not violating fire code in these common ways:
"Ignoring fire protection equipment deficiencies increases the likelihood of extensive damage, injury, or even death," added Amann, "Partnering with an expert service provider is the best way to ensure equipment is properly maintained and in compliance with fire codes."
For more information on Cintas' fire protection services for businesses including testing, inspection and repair of all types of fire protection equipment, please visit www.Cintas.com/Fire
About Cintas Corporation:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for more than 1 million businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.