Does your business have a fire insurance?
What do you do when a fire breaks out in your office?
Imagine this. A photocopier overheats in your office. How many people do you think will survive? How much of your property will be damaged?
Fire prevention systems are expensive, that much is true. But fire damage can be more costly.
Loss of property and disruption to your business operations are just the lighter side effects of fire. Extreme cases often lead to death. As an employer, as a business owner or a property owner, it is your obligation to keep the people (whether they are residents or your employees) staying inside your building safe from fires.
Installing a smoke detector is not enough. So is buying a few fire extinguishers. Installing a complete fire protection system gives you a better chance at preventing and controlling fires. What is a fire protection system? It is a fixed extinguishing system or a permanently installed system designed to prevent and control the break out of fires in a building or property.
There are many types of fire prevention systems, so how do you know which one is perfect for your office or business? Here are some tips to help you decide.
- Assess your risks and threats. The first step in finding the most suitable fire prevention system is to understand what you need and what is required of you. You can consult the Building Code of Australia for information regarding the fire safety requirements in your area. Schedule a walk through of the property or hire fire experts to assess your fire risks. Hiring a professional gives you the assurance that the assessment is complete and thorough.
- Have a combination of manual and automated fire protection system. This combination helps you maximise efficiency and prevents down time especially when there power outages. Manual fire alarm systems include horns, strobes and pull stations that a person can immediately activate when he or she sees smoke or fire. Automated fire protection systems include smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, fire alarms, etc.
- Compliance.Before having your fire prevention system installed, make sure that the products being installed adhere to the local fire safety requirements and building codes. You should also make sure that they are being installed correctly.
- Use products that can be replaced with their commercial counterparts. You don’t want to install fire alarms with batteries that can only be purchased or ordered abroad. Or fire extinguishers which can’t be refilled by locally.
- Hire professionals. Installing fire protection system is not something you can DIY. Fire protection system installation is an exact science that requires expertise and industry knowledge. Find a reliable fire professional who can help you install your fire protection system correctly and efficiently.
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