Essential Fire Safety Equipment for New Business Premises

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Published: 22nd August 2011
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A major safety issue for establishments is regarding fire breakouts. The best way to tackle this is by being well-armored against fire hazards. The situation is no different when it comes to equipping your new business premises. But, it may seem at times that your fire safety requirements are turning into a long shopping list. However, some sensible and relatively inexpensive purchases done the smart way can save you a lot of money in the future.

The first step towards fire safety is completing the fire risk assessment and identifying the requirements for your premises. The list of required items will include fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and fire safety signage, and depending on the size of the premises, it may also include items such as fire hoses, sprinkler or suppression systems.

Listed below are some steps for saving money on your fire safety equipment.
Protection: Your fire safety equipment needs to work the first time and every time. So it makes sense to keep it all clean and protected. Keep fire extinguishers clean and dust-free with wipe-clean fire extinguisher covers. In damp or outside conditions, store your extinguishers in a sturdy fire extinguisher box to keep moisture out but allows easy access when required.

Prevention: Fire safety equipment is not just prone to accidental damage, but also removal, tampering and theft. Secure your fire extinguishers with simple anti-tamper seals, giving early warning of prying fingers or unauthorized use. Use fire extinguisher alarms to secure extinguishers from 'accidental' removal, and consider fire door alarms to prevent unauthorized exits from your premises.

Maintenance: All your fire safety equipments require annual maintenance to keep them in perfect working order. If you have a small business, with just a few extinguishers, it often proves cheaper to replace your fire extinguishers rather than maintaining them.

Fire Safety Documentation: Every establishment must keep proper records of all fire safety provision and activity in a log book, which can be easily accessed by the fire services in the event of an emergency.

Training: All the best fire safety equipment in the world will be useless if your staff doesn’t know how to use it. Investment in training for your staff from the first day itself ensures that they are confident in tacking small fires using the equipment provided, to keep themselves and your premises safe.
Keeping the above mentioned rules in mind, money can be saved while purchasing fire safety equipments by limiting the list to the bare essentials. The above mentioned equipments can ensure fire safety to an extent. However, the golden rule of fire safety always applies: if in doubt, get out, stay out and call the fire brigade. Property can be replaced, human life is irreplaceable.
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