Preventive Fire

How to Keep Your Spray Booth Fire Suppression System in Top Condition

Many industries use spray booths for faster, cleaner paint jobs. While they work exceedingly well, they pose a fire safety risk. Spray booth fire suppression systems can help mitigate the risk of fires, but that’s only if they’re well maintained.

Because it’s not likely to be used very often, there’s a good chance that your spray booth fire safety system isn’t getting the maintenance attention it needs. Here are some tips to help keep your system in good shape so you can stay safe, compliant, and on top of your fire safety plan.

Professional Maintenance

There’s no substitute for having a professional check your system for optimizations or inconsistencies. Contacting a company specializing in fire safety should be your first step in ensuring your system stays in the best possible condition. 

The best course of action is to have your fire suppression systems checked routinely. Having a company you can trust come out annually or biannually gives you peace of mind that a professional signed off on your system and it will work when you need it most.

Keep the Area Clean and Clear

The area around the spray booth could pose a safety hazard. While this might not directly affect your fire suppression system, it could increase the chances of a fire, primarily if your business works with combustible materials. 

Even though you technically want your system to work flawlessly in an emergency, avoiding emergencies is an excellent way to keep yourself from discovering that something is wrong with it.

Too much debris or dust could also affect your fire safety system. Debris and dust often clog up system elements, which could render them less effective during a fire. Regardless, keeping the space clear is generally good practice with spray booths, and any company operating them should adopt the habit.

Train Employees to Recognize and Report Issues

Every employee who works with spray booths should know the ins and outs of using them, including how the fire suppression system activates. This way, they can let leadership know when they suspect a problem with the booth or the suppression system.

In general, employees should also know about fire safety protocol to ensure that even if the fire suppression system works properly, they know what steps to take to stay safe during a fire. This should include other systems like fire alarms or fire extinguishers; the more your employees understand these systems, the safer everyone will be should the unexpected occur.

Test Regularly

Even if you’ve had maintenance recently, you should test your fire safety systems to ensure they’re working correctly — that includes a spray booth fire suppression system. This should be something that a professional does during a maintenance visit, but it’s also something you can do on your own.

Testing your system makes it easier to catch problems in a safe scenario. It’s a lot scarier to find out there’s something wrong with your system in the middle of a fire. Don’t hesitate to schedule testing. Either have a professional come out or designate a time or day to run tests for your fire safety systems.

Fire Prevention Starts Here

Fires are unpredictable; you need all the help you can get to keep your team and your business safe. Preventive Fire’s fire safety experts are here to help you with fire mitigation and prevention services, including spray booth fire suppression system maintenance and testing. 

We’ll provide you with everything you need to give you the confidence to ensure a fire doesn’t upend your life. Contact us today to learn more about our services and schedule a maintenance visit for your spray booth fire suppression systems.