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An Ultimate Guide To Fire Alarms

Naturally, there are many risks involved with office life and you as the building operator or manager should be aware of these. Often, office buildings need almost constant maintenance to ensure that the building is both safe and well-maintained. Aside from some of the common risks such as tripping, electrical issues, and dampness, there is obviously the risk of fire. Unfortunately, fires are fairly common in many buildings and can start from some of the smallest exposure to heat. So, you need to be prepared for this at all times. How can you ensure that your office is ready for this? 


Risk assessments 


Of course, one of the first things you should do is carry out a risk assessment of your building. A professional risk assessment will allow you to identify all of the areas which perhaps pose a risk. From here you can ensure that the right measures are in place to mitigate these and try to prevent an accident from happening. You should ensure that your risk assessment team is professionally trained and accredited. This way you can rely on their findings and use them as a basis to improve your building. 


The importance of fire alarms 


Fire alarms are perhaps unsurprisingly one of your first points of call when it comes to detecting a fire. If a member of staff doesn’t see it first then the fire alarm sound will be the first your staff know about the fire within the building. From here they can then use the correct ways out of the building and follow the fire exit signs to safety. Fire alarms are one of the most important safety features in your building and they should be correctly installed, maintained, and replaced to ensure that your building is as safe as possible. 


Spotting a fault 


Like most electrical technology fire alarms are not immune to faults and may sometimes experience issues. This is often due to their age as the wiring and speaker technology may decay over time. Due to these issues, it is incredibly important that you regularly test your fire alarms to ensure that they are working how they should and show no signs of ageing. While you may think that testing your fire alarms is a touch anti-social you should remember that this technology is saving both your and your staff's lives. Try testing it in the morning every few weeks just to make sure everything is ship-shaped 


If you need any advice or help with your fire alarm testing, installation, or fire risk assessments then make sure to contact us today. We have a myriad of experience in the field and are trusted by many businesses throughout the country to keep their buildings fire-safe. 


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