Fire Alarm regulations – Why they are important for your business

In many cases, fire alarm regulations may be perceived as unnecessary trouble by many business owners, tenants or facilities managers. However in the event of a fire they could save lives, reduce building damage and save stock.

Statistics show fire alarms installed and maintained according to British Standards BS5839 save a lot of lives each year. Government figures show that there were 322 fire related deaths in Great Britain between April 2013 and March 2014. There were also 9748 non-fatal casualties in fires at this time. Fire and Rescue authorities attended a total of 505,600 fires or false alarms in Great Britain during the same period, false alarms were accounted at 293,100, 3% lower than the year before.

It has been estimated that early warning systems that follow the fire alarm regulations can save at least half of all lives lost in such fires and significantly reduce property damage. Parts of the fire safety management plan are designed to prevent fires or put them out. The fire alarm’s role is reduce or remove the chance of anyone getting hurt in case a fire does occur.

If you are a landlord, it is worth noting that most fatal residential fires usually occur at night, when people in the house are sleeping. By the time they wake up when it’s already too late to escape. If these houses and HMO’S had fire alarm systems, the residents could have been woken up by the alarm and save themselves.

If you are not sure what the fire alarm regulations are, you should follow my few tips to help you:

*  It is a requirement to perform a fire risk assessment according to the needs of your business or properties. This will recommend the most suitable fire alarm for your premises and highlight all other fire risks within the premises.

* Install the most appropriate detection system throughout the building according to the fire risk assessment with the level of warning most appropriate to your business.

* Use electricians qualified in fire safety systems to do the installation and provide regular maintenance.

* Ensure that routine maintenance of your fire alarm systems is completed to the guidelines of no longer that 6 months between visits. Maintenance of fire alarms is proved to reduce false alarms. This maintenance should be documented and to hand in case of fire service inspections and for your own peace of mind.

To ensure that the investment in early detection is worth it, you will need to have an emergency plan, including emergency lighting to light the way in the event of power loss. The plan should be known by all residents, employees and take into account any visitors. You will need to be able to demonstrate that this plan has been communicated to the relevant parties through signage and training.

If you require assistance with Fire Risk Assessments, Installation and Maintenance of Fire alarms/Emergency Lights or other areas of Fire Safety, We can provide expert advice on behalf of PFS. We provide nationwide coverage give us a call on 01702 586996 or email info@pfsltd.co.uk

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