UK Fire Safety Regulations stipulate that businesses must have some effective means of fire detection. This may not actually require a fire alarm, for example in the case of small, open-plan premises, if a fire could be detected and an alarm raised using simple common sense.
However, if your premises include multiple rooms, stores flammable chemicals or involves high-risk activities such as cooking or use of electric equipment, then raising an alarm can’t simply be left to human discretion. In the case of most businesses, this means an effective fire alarm system is necessary.
What’s at stake?
For many, paying to install and maintain a fire alarm system may, at times, feel like a bit of a chore or an unwelcome expense. However, neglecting such a responsibility could have dire consequences for you and your business.
- Injury or death: With fire safety, always remember that human lives are at stake. Taking proper precautions means significantly reducing the risk of injury and loss of life. What could be more important?
- Legal action: Of course, personal injury or death is almost always accompanied by a lawsuit. Aside from the expense, this could leave a stain on your company’s reputation that would be hard to rub off. A functioning fire alarm system could help you avoid this outcome, either by preventing the outbreak of fire altogether or by strengthening your legal defense in the unfortunate worst-case scenario. Remember, it is a legal requirement to adhere to UK fire safety regulations.
- Financial costs: It goes without saying that dealing with a lawsuit is an expensive ordeal. Additionally, damage to the premises’ structure and its contents is also a possibility in the event of a fire. By putting the right measures in place, you are doing your best to ensure against the heavy cost of repairs.
- Loss of insurance: Thinking you’ll be protected by your insurance? You’ll be required to prove the existence of a working fire alarm system on your premises in order to make a successful claim. If you fail to do this, your claim will fall through and you’ll be left to handle those huge costs on your own.
As you can see, it’s extremely important to install a fire alarm system for your business – and to make sure it works properly!
Where do I start?
The first thing you need to do is carry out a fire risk assessment. This uses a survey to identify all potential fire risks in the vicinity, allowing you and your staff to become fully aware and take necessary precautions. Just as importantly, a fire risk assessment will reveal what kind of fire alarm system is most appropriate for your business.
A fire risk assessment can be carried out by a member of your organisation (provided they are qualified) or by an expert. If in doubt, always refer to an expert who is up to date with the latest fire safety regulations. When it comes to safety, it’s best not to leave anything uncertain.
Regularly testing your fire alarm
It’s all very well installing a fire alarm, but if it doesn’t function properly then a fire and all the aforementioned consequences are still on the cards. It’s also in your interest to have a fully functioning fire alarm in order to reduce the number of false alarms triggered. Lots of false alarms will result in a costly fine for calling out the fire brigade unnecessarily.
Accordingly, it’s just as important to regularly test your fire alarm system at work.
Contact Point Electrical for fire safety solutions
Our team at Point Electrical offer specialist commercial electrical services, including electrical installation, and we understand the paramount importance of an effective fire alarm system. Friendly, adaptable and reliable, our engineers will consult with you and install the specific fire alarm requirements for your premises. We guarantee to leave you satisfied and with your fears extinguished. Contact us today.