You have fire alarms and emergency lighting installed, but do you keep up with the maintenance?
To protect your business, building and employees, you need the right equipment in place that can be used in the event of a fire. This might be fire detection, warnings or firefighting and can include smoke detectors, fire alarms, fire doors, fire extinguishers and emergency lighting.
Let’s take fire doors and alarms – both can give you peace of mind, but so many people get them installed, tick them off the list and essentially forget about them. However, it is critical to ensure that they remain operational and fit for purpose. In a nutshell, for your business to uphold effective fire safety, they must be regularly inspected and maintained.
How do I maintain my fire doors and alarms?
Your business is required to have a nominated ‘Responsible Person’ that is normally the employer, building owner or landlord, and this person must:
- carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly
- tell staff or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified
- put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
- plan for an emergency
- provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training.
The maintenance of your fire doors and alarms will fall under the duties of the responsible person.
These regular checks will include ensuring that all fire doors are to an acceptable operational standard, that they close firmly and that they can be opened easily, with any obstructions to be removed immediately. A weekly test of all fire alarm equipment will need to be performed, ensuring that batteries are operational in all smoke detectors.
Each month, a more detailed check of fire doors must be completed, making sure that seals and frames are in good condition, the hinges and handles are in good working order and the glass is intact. With your alarms, if any generator is used as stand by power supply, then it should be started and fully checked and any back up batteries should be visually inspected.
On an annual basis, all fire protection equipment (including fire doors, alarms, detectors, lighting and extinguishers) should be thoroughly inspected by a qualified person. If you need support with this, or anything else related to fire safety, you can rely on Assessed Risk.