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Why Maintenance of Fire Protection Equipment is Essential
Fire protection equipment such as fire extinguishers and alarms are designed to save lives, so it’s important to make sure that they are serviced regularly. You need fire fighting equipment and alarm systems to be ready and working order to avoid disaster should a fire start in your premises.
Advice on Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
Annual maintenance of fire extinguishers should begin from the date of installation, a trained fire protection specialist should ensure:
- The extinguisher is topped up and ready to use in the event of a fire.
- That the pull pin is secured and the tamper seal is intact.
- There is no damage to the extinguisher including rust, corrosion, cracks or dents in the container.
- Correct instruction labelling has been placed on the extinguisher.
By law all fire extinguishers should be serviced regularly. Failure to do this puts lives at risk as extinguishers may not work when they are needed and can even potentially be dangerous if not properly maintained.
Maintaining Fire Alarm Systems
It is a British Standard that all fire alarm systems must be maintained regularly with routine checks. For premises with a high risk this may need to be carried out more frequently. All testing and maintenance of fire alarm systems must be done by a fully qualified professional.
The Importance of Fire Safety Training
Training your staff to be vigilant and aware of fire safety helps prevent fires from breaking out in the first place. No matter the size of your company, as an employer it is your responsibility to make sure that all employees know what to do in the event of a fire and how to use basic fire fighting equipment safely.
Fire Risk Assessments
All premises need to have a fire risk assessment undertaken by a professional to identify possible fire threats and how to address these. This is now a legal requirement, and is essential in minimizing fire risks to help prevent fires from starting and save lives.
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