National Provider of Fire Safety Services
Fire Safety Services for commercial, public, retail, leisure and industrial premises
It goes without saying that maintaining your fire safety systems is paramount to the well being of the occupants of your building and could quite literally be a matter of life or death. The legislation of fire safety are mainly covered by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRFSO), as amended. Fire safety is also covered by the Building Regulations and numerous codes of practice and guides. The nominated Responsible Person for the building has quite a responsibility in ensuring that the regulations are adhered to, that the property remains compliant and effective measures are taken with regard to staff training and maintaining life safety systems so that they are in effective working order and good repair.
As a national provider of fire safety services we understand the importance of ensuring your property and systems are maintained to current regulations and have years of experience working in a variety of industries and premise types. The following is an overview of the services we provide nationally through our team of qualified, mobile engineers.
Fire Detection and Alarm Systems
Regular servicing and maintenance of your fire detection and alarm systems not only keeps you and your occupants safe it also can reduce the amount of false alarms which may occur in the system. Legislation recommends a periodic inspection and test of the system which includes all types of detectors such as heat and smoke. These should be tested to ensure that products of combustion are able to pass into the sensing chamber of the detector.
Fire extinguishers can help occupants protect themselves against small fires and should only be used if safety permits it. Staff should be given suitable training in how to operate this type of equipment. In order for fire extinguishers to be fully effective in emergency situations, they must be properly maintained and inspected.
Fire Suppression Systems
Fire suppression systems are used to extinguish or prevent the spread of fire in a building. These systems can use a combination of dry chemicals and / or wet agents to suppress the fire.
Emergency lighting is lighting for an unforeseen situation when the mains power supply is lost, and normal illumination fails. This may lead to sudden darkness and a possible danger to staff and customers, either through physical danger or mental distress. The purpose of emergency lighting is to allow work continuity or in worst-case scenarios, safe evacuation of staff and/or public and they should be regular maintained.
Smoke ventilation systems transports the flow of toxic smoke, created by a fire, away from escape routes and out of the burning building and require regular maintenance.
Fire and smoke dampers are fitted into ductwork where it passes through a fire compartment barrier. These are designed to close when a specified temperature is met which can prevent the spread of fire and smoke. Fire dampers are crucial in a buildings fire safety system and their regular maintenance is essential to ensure they work effectively.
Other Related Equipment and Systems
Every building is different which is why it is essential that you follow the fire risk assessment recommendations made regarding your specific premises.
Also the use of the building can effect the maintenance schedule. Where there is high life risk such as in hospitals and schools, more regular servicing and testing may be required for certain systems.
Buildings with a high public occupation such as cinemas, nightclubs and shopping centres may have more individual requirements also.
Many other building functions can connect to the life safety systems such as:
Smoke and Fire Curtains
Building Management Systems
Landlord Alarm Systems
All of these will also need to be maintained to ensure that the systems behave according to the Building Fire Cause & Effect Strategy in the event of a life threatening occurrence.
To read more about the regulations and your responsibilities with regard to Life and Fire Safety, download our free eBook - A Guide to Life Safety Systems.