If you have recently purchased a newly built commercial property, you will want to make sure that it is entirely fire-compliant before you open it up for business. Failure to do so may result in you losing money by invalidating your insurance, while also running the risk of someone losing their life or being seriously injured. It is very important that every business has a proper fire plan in place which will help to protect lives and the structure itself in the event of a fire. Below is a guide which will help you to make sure your building is protected against the risk of fire.
Have the building inspected
You should hire a fire safety inspector who will be able to look over the building to ensure that it is completely safe. The inspector will check that the materials used to clad and insulate the building are safe and will not aid the spread of a fire. They will also ensure that fire doors have been fitted which will help to contain any fire which breaks out. The inspector will also make sure that any emergency exits are clear and that corridors and stairways are not blocked by garbage or other materials. At the end of the inspection, the fire safety professional will provide you will a full report which will contain recommendations on actions you need to take to keep your building safe.
Test your response to fire
Even if you are sure that your building is fully compliant with fire safety recommendations, it is essential that you carry out how the building responds to a fire. You should order that fire drills are periodically carried out to allow your workers to familiarise themselves with the sound of the alarm and where the nearest exits are. A fire drill will also allow you to check that the alarm sounds as it should throughout the building. You should also check the water control valves on the fire sprinklers to ensure that the system is supplied with high water pressure.
Regular equipment maintenance
The final part of fire readiness is regular equipment maintenance. You should make sure that someone is in charge of regularly checking the fire extinguishers in your building. The person who checks the firefighting equipment needs to carry out a visual inspection of the extinguisher to make sure it is not leaking or damaged. They should then check the pressure gauge to make sure it is properly charged and ready for use.
If you would like to find out more, you should contact a fire safety specialist.