The Maintenance Requirements Of Fire Protection Systems – Albion Detection Systems
Fire protection maintenance ensures most fires are preventable, and one of the ways of helping to avoid your premises suffering fire damage is to perform regular maintenance of your fire protection systems.
Once you’ve had your fire protection systems professionally installed, the very last thing you want is for them to falter once you truly need them.
This guide to maintaining your own fire protection systems should help shed light on the frequency and methods of checking your business equipment, helping you safeguard your building from the risk of fire.
Fire protection Maintenance: Conducting Daily Checks
Your main firefighting kit and escape routes should be subject to a daily check at close of business, to ensure fire doors are free of obstruction, and escape routes clearly signposted.
These daily checks should also include everyday housekeeping such as removal of clutter and rubbish, to avoid unnecessary fire risks.
Your Daily Fire Maintenance Checklist
Each day, remember to check:
- Flammable materials and debris are securely removed or placed in their rightful place as decided during your fire risk assessment.
- Electrical sockets, fire doors and escape routes are clear and unobstructed.
- Escape routes are signposted clearly in case of emergency.
In standard practice and dependent upon the size and scale of your company, these checks may not need to be recorded.
However, you may wish to assign a staff member to ensure they are carried out each day.
Your Weekly Fire Maintenance Checklist
Your weekly checks on fire prevention equipment should be more thorough.
These will include significant evaluations of kit such as your fire alarms, fire doors and sprinkler systems, which may or may not require the assistance and oversight of a professional company.
These checks will include:
- Making sure your fire alarm system is still fully functional.
- Assessing whether any adaptations are required to your existing fire safety policy and whether any new risks have presented themselves.
- Continuing with the daily checks, but this time documenting any findings so as to build stronger fire safety within your premises