Essential Fire Safety Equipment for New Business Premises

Essential Fire Safety Equipment for New Business Premises
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Synopsis: When you are equipping new business premises, it can seem that your fire safety requirements are becoming just one long shopping list! However, some sensible and relatively inexpensive purchases now can save you hundreds of pounds later on.

When you are equipping new business premises, it can seem that your fire safety requirements are becoming just one long shopping list! However, some sensible and relatively inexpensive purchases now can save you hundreds of pounds later on.

Fire Safety Equipment and Your Fire Risk Assessment

We're assuming that you have completed your Fire Risk Assessment, and identified the requirements for your premises. The list of required items will include fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and fire safety signage, and depending on your premises size, may also include items such as fire hoses, sprinkler or suppression systems.

So, how can a few extra purchases from Easy Fire Safety really save you money?

1. Protection

Your fire safety equipment needs to work first time, every time, so it makes sense to keep it all clean and protected from everyday life.

Keep fire extinguishers clean and dust-free with wipe-clean fire extinguisher covers that simply tear off in an emergency.

In damp or outside conditions, store your extinguishers in a sturdy fire extinguisher box that keep moisture out but allows easy access when required.

2. 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 unauthorised use.

Use fire extinguisher alarms to secure extinguishers from 'accidental' removal, and consider fire door alarms to prevent unauthorised exits from your premises.

Consider automatic door openers such as Dorgards for all doors to prevent misuse of extinguishers as door props...

3. Maintenance

All your fire safety equipment requires annual maintenance to keep it 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 have them maintained. At Easy Fire Safety, our range of branded fire extinguishers (not cheap Chinese imports) are such good value, you can use your old extinguishers for vital staff training, and then recycle them.

4. Fire Safety Documentation

Every business owner must keep proper records of all fire safety provision and activity in a log book, which must be easily accessed by the fire services in the event of an emergency. A simple fire log book hanging bag or box placed in your reception area could save vital minutes for the fire brigade, and thousands in prevented damage in your premises.

5. Training

All the best fire safety equipment in the world will be useless if your staff don’t know how to use it. Investment in training for your staff from day 1 ensures that they are confident in tacking small fires using the equipment provided, to keep themselves and your premises safe. 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 cannot.



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