One of the most integral pieces of equipment to stay safe in the event of a fire is an alarm. We know you’ve seen them, even if it’s the small red panel with a push button or a massive box that has a keyed door on the front.
Everything else we’ve mentioned such as fire doors, extinguishers etc.. don’t really mean much if you don’t have an alarm.
Why Are Fire Alarms So Important?
It’s a fact many businesses never fully recover from a serious fire. Losing continuity, revenue and fresh orders. With that in mind, it’s important to reduce your risk from fire dramatically and your fire alarm is the first port of call in any event.
Everything we’ve mentioned above, fire doors etc.. are all products that come in to force when a fire happens. However, to start use of any of them there needs to be a system to alert people should a fire break out. The system is the first port of call to alert your staff, customers and fire marshals of a potential blaze. Then your fire plan comes into action, but nothing can be started without you knowing of an issue.
What Do Fire Alarms Do?
So the clue is in the name. We’ve all heard of an alarm, they play sounds, ring bells or anything that makes everyone aware that a hazard is coming. In fact everyone should be aware of what a fire drill is, I’m sure 99% of the population will have experienced a fire drill before that starts with some kind of alarm system.
That’s what an alarm is, but what does it do? Well it works 24 hours a day, 7 days a week as long as it’s being serviced regularly. It’s your eyes and ears around your building. It doesn’t require visual confirmation of a blaze, instead it raises the alarm which will get your procedures in to play.
As an autonomous machine, depending on the system you choose, it can also alert the authorities such as the fire brigade. They can then look to dispatch a response team to help you deal with the situation. This means that you can be protected around the clock 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Do I Need an Alarm?
Yes! UK fire regulations require that every business requires adequate fire detection system. Now depending on your size of business and chemicals you store, a simple smoke alarm may do. However, this is something you should allow a trained fire safety professional to decide for you. A fire audit and risk assessment will let you know exactly what kind of system you may require.
If you don’t have a fire risk assessment then it’s time to consider having one done. You never know, it just might save your life!
How Dangerous is Fire?
Fire is a killer. In the UK, 100s of people die every single year! Although death is the most important part, there are also other dangers that a fire can pose even if there is no risk to life.
Most fires happen between Midnight and 5am. That means your business is closed but still at risk. Should the worst happen, as yourself, would you ever recover from a major blaze? Some businesses never open again, others struggle for a long time and only a very small percentage are able to carry on as normal.
A struggling business then also has a community risk with job loses and potentially relocation. A fire can be a devastating event that effects people and businesses for many years to come. That’s why it’s extremely important to have a fire alarm system that you can rely on and trust!