Essential Elements of the Fire Program, Hot Work Permits, AND Fire Plan Requirements
Essential features of a fire program
The essential features of a fire program include the following:
Passive fire safety
A passive fire safety program is one which takes into account fire safety measures inside a premise. For this reason, a passive program provides for fire preventive and response measures inside a premise which includes such features as fire exits, improved access in the premises and emergency exits (Wilson 4).
Active fire safety
An active fire program takes into account specific systems which should be either activated or deactivated in instances of fire outbreaks. Some of these systems include electricity supply and alarms (Sugden 2).
Management fire safety
A management program takes care of the daily activities in a premise and ensures that appropriate fire response and prevention measures are upheld.
Hot Work Permits
A hot work permit is an authorization which is given to qualified people/ companies which are involved in construction, renovation, maintenance among other activities which are associated with fire for instance welding and grinding (Iowa State University 2011). The permit ensures that these people know the fire risk associated with their work hence compelling them to employ the most appropriate preventive measures. The essential elements of a hot work permit includes the following; the assignment of responsibility of the activity and its associated consequences to the people/ organization executing the work, establishment and implementation of a permit system, provision of the appropriate safety requirement and the provision of the necessary personnel to implement the fire safety measures (Ohio Casualty, p. 2 ).
Fire Plan Requirements
Fire plan is a procedure which owners of buildings, the management and staff should conduct themselves incase of a fire occurrence (Human Resources and Skills Development Canada 1). A fire plan illustrates the fire prevention mechanism sand the subsequent response mechanisms which the relevant stakeholders must have in place. The fire plan consists of two main elements. The first element ensures that the relevant stakeholders comply with the fire safety measures. The second element ensures that the response to fire incidents is done appropriately (Iowa State University 1).
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Guide to Fire Safety Planning. Web. (2012). http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/labour/fire_protection/policies_standards/guidelines/guide/index.shtml
Iowa State University. Hot Work Permit Program. (2011). 1-12
Sooke Fire Rescue Service. Fire Safety Plans. Web (2012). http://www.sooke.ca/assets/Local~Government/FireDept/Fire%20Safety%20Plan%20Requirements.pdf
Sugden, D., Building in Fire Strategy. Passive Fire Protection Federation. (2006). 1- 4
Ohio Casualty. Hot Work Permits. Ohio Casualty. (n.d). 1-6
Wilson, B., Ensuring Best Practice for Passive Fire Protection in Buildings, (2010). 1-76