An essential part of your Fire Protection Strategy,
and just as your ‘Risk Assessment’, Fire Alarm maintenance
Contracts need to be in written form and updated regularly (at least
Need to be checked periodically by a ‘competent’ person
to ensure that its integrity is safeguarded and it is able to sound
an alarm if called upon.
This process is not just liaising with your Fire Company you should
also remember that you also need to:
Test the system regularly
Remember also that if you have people on site with disabilities,
do you need to upgrade any existing system by adding strobe lighting
for the ‘hearing impaired’, do you need to add ‘induction
loop’ technology to the building for employees or visitors.
The object of all these procedures is to safeguard ‘life’
and prevent injury to persons on or within the premises for which
you are responsible for, and in order to achieve this they need
to be alerted as soon as possible to an emergency situation and
be provided with a means to escape.
The other party to these responsibilities which so far have not
been mentioned are your ‘Insurers’, they are important
to your business as they will be expected to make good losses arising
from a ‘Fire situation’.
They will of course judge any claim made on the basis of a proper
and working system being in place, and that it was working correctly
at the time. They will know the legislation and standards relating
to Fire systems and failure to comply may weaken your right to claim.