Deciding which security systems are the best for your requirements

Deciding which security systems are the best for your requirements

Why are security systems for your business important? They are essential to prevent internal and...
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Deciding which security systems are the best for your requirements

Posted by Luke Lewis-Rippington on Jul 3, 2019 11:14:45 AM

Why are security systems for your business important? They are essential to prevent internal and external theft and vandalism and the financial losses that your business could suffer as a result. Think about the cost to the business in the event of information or assets being stolen, the immediate financial implication of replacing those assets, along with the immeasurable damage to business continuity, reputation and staff morale. 

To help you decide which type of system is right for your company - CCTV systems, access control systems and security alarms - there are several main points that you should consider:

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5 ways to improve your business security

Posted by Luke Lewis-Rippington on Jun 13, 2019 4:32:39 PM

Why is business security important?

If you own a small to medium-sized business in the Oxford area, you might not be too worried about the risk of break-ins and burglaries? Unfortunately according to a recent report, wholesale and retail businesses with 50 or more employees experienced over 280,000 incidents of crime per 1,000 premises in 2017 alone. On average, this equates to each wholesale and retail business with 50 or more employees experiencing over 5 crimes per week. These are worrying figures that are predicted to rise with cuts to the police force and other public services. 

Luckily, there are plenty of preventative measures that you can easily put in place that will safeguard your Oxfordshire business. The more you invest in improving your business's security, the less likely you will be targeted by opportunistic or organised criminals. Let's look at 5 key security measures and why incorporating them into your business security plan will make all the difference in avoiding criminal attacks. 

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Posted by Luke Lewis-Rippington on Apr 24, 2019 3:45:21 PM

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Fire Regulations- Differentiation across Industries and Sectors

Posted by Luke Lewis-Rippington on Mar 18, 2019 9:21:14 AM

The importance of compliance with fire regulations musn't be underestimated. However, fire safety requirements across industries and sectors can vary considerably and understanding fire safety regulations can get pretty complicated. With this in mind, we've put together a brief summary of fire regulations in three key areas: education, healthcare and business premises.

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Tags: Fire Prevention, Fire Alarms, Fire Suppression, Fire Regulations

Fire Safety in Schools - What Makes an Effective Procedure?

Posted by Luke Lewis-Rippington on Mar 6, 2019 2:13:36 PM

Fire safety in schools is essential as there are a lot of pupils gathered in one place, and this, combined with the fact that school science laboratories often contain highly flammable and dangerous substances mean that an uncontrolled fire could quickly spread.

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Tags: Risk Assessment, Fire Safety, Fire Regulations, School Fire Safety

Workplace Fire Safety - Protecting Your Staff

Posted by Luke Lewis-Rippington on Feb 13, 2019 9:45:00 AM

Fire safety is of the utmost importance in any building but particularly in the workplace environment when there may be several hundreds of employees for which you are responsible.

The law recognises the importance of fire safety in non-domestic premises. Any employer, landlord or owner who fails to abide by fire safety regulations is at risk of a heavy fine or even imprisonment.

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The Dangers of using the Incorrect Fire Suppression Device

Posted by Luke Lewis-Rippington on Feb 6, 2019 1:05:00 PM

Chosen carefully, fire suppression technology has the potential to provide an effective means of minimising the amount of damage caused by a fire outbreak within a building. Operating in tandem with fire detection systems, they are capable of controlling and even extinguishing fires without the need for any human intervention.

Engineered to control the length and intensity of fire outbreaks, suppression technology operates by responding to fire emergencies so that to the extent to which the fire escalates is limited. Some examples of automated suppression technology include; fire sprinkler systems, gaseous fire suppression, and foam systems.

While it is essential that fire protection technology of this type is only used in conjunction with other fire prevention measures, it can provide a vital 'first response' to fire emergencies.

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The Importance of an Effective Fire Safety Plan

Posted by Luke Lewis-Rippington on Jan 30, 2019 9:22:00 AM

As any responsible business owner, manager, or site manager knows, putting an effective fire safety plan in place is an essential part of ensuring optimal safety for staff members, customers, and visitors. With that in mind, we've explored some of the major aspects of fire safety which make devising and implementing an effective plan so important, as well as highlighting some key elements which your plan should include. 

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Tags: Fire Prevention, Risk Assessment, Fire Safety, Fire Safety Plan

Choosing the Correct Fire Alarm for your Requirements

Posted by Luke Lewis-Rippington on Jan 8, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Taking adequate precautions to guard against fire is without doubt one of the most important safety concerns anyone with responsibility for a commercial or other non-residential building needs to address. Business people in particular must bear in mind that as few as one in three businesses are able to continue trading in the event of a serious fire, ceasing operations either during the immediate aftermath or within three years.

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Tags: Fire Alarms, Fire Safety, Fire Regulations

Warehouse Security and Efficiency

Posted by Luke Lewis-Rippington on Aug 31, 2018 1:00:00 PM

As little as a decade ago, warehouses were seen as a quite separate entity within the overall supply chain. They were intended merely for storage of merchandise until it was transported to its final destination. In recent years, however, the business community has become aware of the true potential of a properly optimised, state of the art warehouse to both safeguard assets and improve efficiency. 

At Contact Fire & Security, we work closely with technology providers to deliver integrated warehouse solutions which go far beyond simply providing a convenient and secure storage facility. Used in conjunction with more established security equipment such as CCTV and alarm technology, the systems we install can be used to fully optimise warehouse security and enhance vital operational functions including stock management, workflow, and order fulfilment. 

While what works most effectively will of course vary, we find that the following strategies for improving both security and efficiency will be beneficial in most warehouse settings. 

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Tags: Warehouse Security, Security, Risk Assessment