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.
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.
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.
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.
A recent study commissioned by the British Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) and conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) revealed that, much to the detriment of the UK economy, £1 billion and 5,000 jobs were lost due to warehouse fires in Britain over a five year period. In terms of your own business, government statistics suggest that the chances of continuing to trade after a such an event are slim, with around 75% of businesses which have suffered a warehouse fire ceasing operation either immediately afterwards or within three years.
Why you need a Monitored Fire Alarm System
The case for installing fire alarms, therefore, couldn't be more clear-cut. Which fire alarm system you choose, however, depends on a number of factors such as the nature of the premises in question, how they are used, and any budget restrictions. One option to consider is whether to use standard or monitored fire alarms.
False alarms undermine the reliability of your warehouse fire and security system, and can lead to financial losses due to the cost of actioning an appropriate response and potential disruptions to productivity. Therefore, while false alarms will always remain a possibility, it is advisable to minimise instances of this type to the greatest possible extent.
To assist you in implementing an effective false alarm prevention strategy, we have identified the following core concerns for you to consider while designing, updating or reviewing your own warehouse security system.
Fire safety is a concern that many still take lightly, yet the effects of a fire in either a commercial or domestic property can be devastating. A major fire in a business premises can result in both the loss of lives and result in the business having to cease operations. Taking fire safety seriously and ensuring that your building is protected to the highest standards can prevent unnecessary devastation. Statistics released by the government suggest nearly three quarters of businesses that are involved in a major fire incident never reopen again, or cease to exist within three years. This highlights the importance for advanced fire safety precautions in a business setting.
The government also suggests that a significant majority of large fires (67 percent), happen when buildings aren't in use. This signifies the need for businesses to implement and follow strict health and safety procedures when it comes to protecting staff, assets, and their organisation in general.
Equipping and managing a warehouse in order to deliver optimal fire prevention and safety levels requires a broad approach which employs a varied mix of technologies, strategies, and procedures. These include fire recognition and prevention solutions such as fire alarms/pagers and air sampling equipment, fire risk assessments, and fire suppression technology.
If you are responsible for any business premises, warehouse or apartment building, you have a legal obligation to carry out or commission a proper fire risk assessment carried out by a “competent person”. In theory, anyone can undertake a fire risk assessment provided that they follow the relevant guidelines carefully. In practice, however, this course of action is inadvisable unless you have a strong background in buildings maintenance and the premises in question has a limited number of occupants who are not engaged in any complex activities.