Maintenance checks should be the norm for any business, place of work, or home. They ensure the safety of all residents, visitors, and the building overall. These checks must be done regularly, otherwise safety can get compromised. The same is true for places we consider incredibly safe, like fire stations. In fact, their checks may be some of the most important out there!
Below, we provide a brief glimpse at what a maintenance checklist look like for fire station facilities. This ranges from small, easily-forgotten items to important PPE checks. These ensure the safety for all involved especially if they’re performed regularly!
Communication is one of the most important aspects to success for fire stations. They need to know what calls are coming in, they need to be able to converse efficiently with others on their team—the list goes on. And if communication falters, then their own safety and the public’s safety may be at risk. That said, there are a few things that must be checked regularly.
For example, if the two-way radios are faulty, then they’ll need to know ASAP. Checking for these broken hints, can solve communication problems before they occur. Below are a few other communication items that should be checked regularly:
- Two-Way Radios
- Phone Lines
- Circuit panels
- Extension cords
Probably the most essential maintenance checks for fire station facilities comes impacts their PPE. Personal Protective Equipment must be checked thoroughly (oftentimes before each use) to ensure they’re working properly. Holes in jackets, cracked helmets, or even worn grips at the bottom of shoes can be dangerous. Here are a few things that might be checked:
- Gloves and goggles are present for tasks with potential exposure.
- All gear is free of cracks, tears, and is up to standards.
Large Equipment Checks
The equipment utilized in fire stations is essential to safety for all, which is why it’s imperative that they’re maintained. They should be inspected by each new shift, and not utilized if they don’t meet standards. Insure the below are followed.
- Cords are double-insulated.
- A weight limit is posted for storage mezzanines.
- A spotter is used when backing up vehicles.
- Pre-trip inspections are conducted.
This is just a brief look at what maintenance checklists may look like for fire stations. Regular checks are important for them, and they’re important for any other location as well to ensure safety!
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