Tips for fireproofing premises

Knowing about how to keep a building fire-proofed is an important way property owners can reduce the risk of injury or death on their premises.

Whether the building in question is private or commercial, public or residential, the risk of fire is always something that New York property owners must consider when evaluating the safety of their premises. Even one risk factor not being under control can be reason for an issue regarding the liability of the premise in question. Fortunately there is no lack of guidance when it comes to making sure an establishment is fully outfitted against the possibility of an unwanted fire.

Guide to open flame usage

New York Fire Code only allows open flames to be used indoors for very specific applications, such as preparing a flaming food item in a kitchen. Otherwise, it is illegal when in the vicinity of combustible material to place a lit match or flame anywhere near that material. In non-smoking areas, it is also prohibited to have any kind of flame. Furthermore, it is held anywhere that hazardous materials are stored that no flames shall be maintained or lit in those places.

Managing ignition sources

Lighting or causing any combustible material to ignite, even through negligence, is a violation of New York Fire Code. That means that throwing a lit cigarette in a trash can might be seen as a serious offense, especially if a fire is started because of it. When using warning devices on the road, any kind of open flame is illegal to use for such purposes. An important rule to consider is that there must be more than 10 feet between any different combustible materials, including oily or greasy items, smoldering coals, cinders or hot ashes.

Which carpets and rugs are fire-safe

Any rug or carpet is labeled with the letter "T" if it has been treated in such a way as to be fire-retardant. The testing is rigorous, and must be passed by 7 out of 8 specimens of the same type. Passing the test means that after being burned in one spot, a piece of carpet does not smolder past a designated area. This standard must be met by any type of rug or carpet that is to be sold, imported or manufactured in the United States.

The point of testing carpets for flammability is to see how the actual carpet would respond to being ignited by a small source of heat. By adhering to this standard, property owners can lessen the risk of property damage, personal injury and death.

Anyone in the New York area who has been injured as a result of an issue with the safety of a premise may be able to receive financial compensation. The pain and suffering alone can be staggering, and medical costs are often high. A local attorney who practices personal injury law may be able to help someone get the money he or she deserves.