Fire alarms are not just important but critical for peace of mind, especially when you are responsible for other people. You may remember the fire that broke out at Primark Belfast earlier this year? The structural damage was so significant that the business was unable to continue operations.
This is the reality for many businesses that have experienced fires in their premises. According to the 2017 Health and Safety Review, the number one cause of fires in the workplace is faulty electrical equipment and electrical wiring installations.
The good news for you is that you’re reading this article and there is a checklist that you can follow to ensure you and your business has the optimum fire protection.
The industry standard recommends that all fire systems in your premises are tested four times per annum by a professional. However, as best practice, we suggest that a weekly fire test is completed by your Fire Officer (an in-house appointee) to ensure everything is working accordingly. Remember, it’s not just about Building Safety but Life Safety which cannot be compromised.
- Equipment Servicing and Monitoring
If you have a large amount of electrical equipment on the go in your premises. It is wise to have a certified electrician come to your building to undertake a Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) every year.
- Premises Layout
It’s essential to keep a blueprint of your premises and note any areas within the building that may be at risk of fire but not instantly detectable. These areas should have a fire alarm installed and a fire safety door to ensure that if a fire should take place that it doesn’t spread.
We also advise that you take note of any physical alterations to your premises, layout or otherwise that should be reviewed.
- Staff Training
Again, a fire drill should be undertaken regularly, and all staff should be knowledgeable on the procedures they must follow in the event of a fire breaking out including;
- Escape Routes
- Fire Prevention Duties
- Location of Fire Alarms + Fire Fighting Equipment
- Fire Equipment Control Techniques
- Emergency Procedures – Numbers to Call
- How to use the Fire Panel
- Ask the Professionals
We highly recommend that your fire system is professionally maintained and updated and that all certifications and maintenance dates are on display beside your fire panel. Wilson Security is certified to install and maintain your fire systems. If you should have any queries concerning this subject, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.