Fire & Protection Services throughtout Billericay, Essex

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Fire and Protection

We take fire safety awareness seriously. Our aim is to help our customers provide the safest working environment for their staff and customers, through regular fire risk assessments we can identify fire hazards and people most at risk.

We can reduce the risk of fire to protect these people by way of removing or reducing fire hazards, identifying escape routes and keeping them free from obstructions and properly illuminated. Training staff in the use of firefighting equipment and the evacuation procedures is also recommended. We ensure that the fire detection and alarm systems are fully functional and are compliant with bs5839 2002.

The fire alarm may be the only means of alerting you and others of a pending fire. When would you like to find out that it doesn't work? Fire extinguishers should be serviced every 12 months to ensure that they will work should you need them to.

In October 2006 the regulatory reform (fire safety) order 2005 came into force which now legally requires all companies to elect a "responsible person" as regards to fire safety. It is this person's responsibility to either carry out a fire risk assessment or contract it out to a specialist company. They must also ensure that they have a fire alarm, fire extinguisher and emergency lighting service contract in place and that they include 24 hour emergency cover. Failure to do this could end in prosecution by the local authority fire officer. We are here to help you with your responsibilities and to advise you on what you need to do to comply with this order.

Fire Extinguishers

A huge part of a fire protection strategy is to have the correct fire extinguisher installed in an area where it would be most effective.

Fire Risk Assessment

Fire and Protection

The Responsible Person's (RP) duties are not to be taken lightly since the consequences of getting it wrong could land you in court. As long as you can show due diligence towards fire safety within your premises you are doing what's expected of you by the Local Fire Authority. You should either do it yourself or contract a specialist to help you carry out a fire risk assessment on your premises.

If your company (not just your branch) employs (including part-time) more than FIVE staff you are duty-bound to record the findings of your FRA (Fire Risk Assessment). This means that you should also keep an up-to-date copy off site.

Things to consider are fire escape routes, fire doors, fire exit doors, combustible materials, explosive materials, ventilation, wall and floor coverings, fire detection levels, fire extinguisher locations and types, adequate levels of emergency lighting, staff training, emergency signs and the list goes on.

Once you have identified fire hazards and the people at risk you should evaluate, remove, reduce and protect them from risk of fire. Planning, instructing and training people in fire safety awareness and recording your progress. Your FRA is now a legal document and should be produced at any time when requested by the local fire officer should they decide to call. The fire officer will be looking for action taken to reduce or prevent loss of life in event of a fire, evidence of service contracts for your fire alarm, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting systems. You should then update and review your FRA every 12 months.

Emergency Lighting

Emergency Lighting is commonly overlooked and this in conjunction with signage can dramatically reduce your evacuation time by indicating the way out or to illuminate the escape routes should the normal electricity supply be cut.

It is always a good indication of your emergency lighting coverage to test them when there is limited natural lighting maybe early evening or at night.

Emergency Signs

Signage is commonly overlooked but is a crucial part of your escape plan. Although you may know your environment others may not and it is surprising how disorientated we can become during an emergency evacuation.

Signs should be iridescent and strategically placed so as not to confuse or conflict.