Due to continued growth, the team at Fire Action moved to brand new premises and were quick to make sure that everything was safe and secure.
Recognising the importance of both fire safety and general security, we fitted out our new location with all the equipment needed to create a protected environment for our employees, visitors and data.
If you’re also moving premises, there are a few things you need to consider before you make the move. That’s why we’ve put together this Fire Action case study, detailing all the precautions our team set up before settling in.
Being fire safety specialists came in handy when setting up a low-risk environment for our own premises. The following is a list of equipment and systems that Fire Action installed in our new premises, but please note that the types of equipment needed will differ depending on the individual size, complexity and layout of your own premises.
A fire risk assessment
These assessments are a legal requirement for all businesses, as they are vital for evaluating your premises and the identification of potential risks. This allows your company to put the appropriate equipment, drills and training in place to prepare your workplace for potential emergencies. For optimal safety, first risk assessments are best conducted by a BAFE-certified company, such as Fire Action.
A fire alarm system
Early warning of any outbreak of fire is of vital importance, hence the installation of a fully operational fire alarm system. Fire Action’s system is monitored 24/7 by an ARC (Alarm Receiving Centre), to ensure the most rapid response time possible and to protect our business and its continuity.
For combatting a small outbreak of fire, nothing is more important than a series of appropriately placed fire extinguishers. Remember that depending on your individual premises, the types of fire extinguisher you require may be different, so be sure to consider this factor. A free of charge survey from Fire Action is the way forward here!
An effective evacuation strategy must include the addition of emergency lighting and clear signage. Not having these additions installed at your premises could prove dangerous for employees and visitors in the event of a fire, as they are essential for directing people towards emergency exits in low visibility conditions.
Electrical installation testing
It’s incredibly important to ensure that there are no issues or faults with electrical appliances, as this is deemed to be a big fire and/or electrocution risk. Any potential faults should be identified and remedied as soon as possible, via testing and certification.
There is little point in the establishment of fire safety procedures and policies if the staff in your care do not know how to follow them. Make sure your employees are trained so they can deal with a potentially dangerous situation with the best level of competency possible.
Firestopping and structural protection
The team here at Fire Action used firestopping and structural protection for our mezzanine floor level. In our case, we clad structural steels with fire rated materials to protect the integrity of the mezzanine floor structure, and we also enhance the fire stopping properties of the suspended ceiling in our new stores area by using fire rated ceiling tiles. However, the location of these precautions will differ depending on the layout of your premises.
It’s vitally important to keep track of the traffic in and out of your premises, and access control can help prevent intruders from entering, keeping your staff free from outside danger or threats. For even more control, it is also possible to set up remote access.
Essential for monitoring the day to day movements of your premises, CCTV cameras allow you to investigate any suspicious activities around your site and provide a visual deterrent to would-be thieves. To enhance security further, the Fire Action team has remote viewing of all our cameras via smartphones, tablets and PCs.
Like the fire alarm system, we have a comprehensive intruder alarm system to protect and secure our premises. This is monitored 24/7 and linked to an ARC (Alarm Receiving Centre) for response and suitable intervention.
Now the Fire Action team are safely settled in, we want to help you make your own premises secure from intruders and prepared for possible fires. BAFE accredited, we have been serving the Kent area for 15 years, providing a variety of high quality safety equipment and services including fire risk assessments, fire extinguishers, alarm systems, CCTV systems and access control systems. For more information about the vast range of services we offer, then please don’t hesitate to get in contact today.