Fire Safety Maintenance for Businesses

When you are a business owner, you may think your main responsibilities are towards making your business a success and turning a decent profit. To do this you have to be careful with your budget and cut costs wherever necessary. However, when cutting your costs to improve your bottom line puts the health and safety of your employees at risk, then this really is a cut too far.

No matter how committed you are to building up your business, you must also remember that you have a very important responsibility towards keeping your employees safe and free from the risks of injury or death from a serious fire breakout.

Fire equipment maintenance

You are required by law to have adequate fire safety equipment in place. To fail to do so could see you being fined and / or your business premises being closed down as a fire risk. You have a responsibility to ensure the best possible fire protection for your employees and these considerations must always come above your profit margins.

If you are looking to save yourself some money, consider the fact that business insurance providers take fire safety very seriously. Many insurers will refuse to insure your company should you not have adequate fire safety protection in place, and those who would be willing to insure you would most certainly charge a hefty fee and put strict limitation on what you can claim for because of your increased fire risks.

Post Grenfell, more people are looking carefully at what fire safety protection measures are in place within companies before deciding to do business with them. Many companies are looking closely at fire safety competences and are becoming less trusting of businesses that are not properly covered.

This is why it is extremely important that business owners not only install adequate fire safety equipment such as fire alarms and smoke and heat detectors, but also make sure that their fire safety equipment is regularly serviced and maintained by a qualified fire safety company to ensure it is in full working order.

Fire safety servicing and maintenance

When looking for a service provider to look after all of your fire safety equipment maintenance and to regularly test your fire alarm system, you should choose a company that has professional third party accreditation. Look out for companies that carry BAFE registered logo’s to show they are accredited for both fire alarm and fire extinguisher testing. Look out for other accreditation such as NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) for electrical equipment testing. You will know that your maintenance provider will be part of a recognised quality and safety register of fire safety providers and that all their engineers are fully trained and competent.