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These systems have various components but are typically made up of a suppression control panel, smoke detection and audible alarms.
Protecting your business from fire is an absolute must, no matter what kind of company you run or what industry you’re in.
Carrying out a risk assessment is a good first step, as this will show you what kind of fire suppression systems are the most appropriate for you and your site.
There will be a minimum of two fire detection zones and the control panel will make use of a coincidence monitoring facility, which will allow the system to monitor all detectors installed and connected to your fire detection zones. Fire suppression gas will only be discharged if a coincidence of activation is detected from at least two of your designated zones.
Smoke detection is a common feature in these kinds of systems. Fast and accurate detection of a developing fire is essential and there are different types of smoke detectors you can use. It’s vital that you select the right one to prevent damage from false discharges or fire.
You will also need to have alarms connected to your control panel. When the system detects smoke, a first stage alarm will sound. This is your general evacuation alarm. If another detector is then activated, the sounders will be raised, which is your final warning before the discharge of a fire suppression agent.
Fire Extinguishers require stringent maintenance to ensure they will work when needed, or are more importantly, safe. Fire extinguishers are pressurised vessels that can explode when corroded or damaged, and have been known to cause serious injury and even death.
There are 2 types of maintenance procedures
- Basic inspection by the user; and
- Maintenance by competent person.
British Standard 5306-3:2000 covers the maintenance of portable fire extinguishers, and recommends that “regular visual inspections of all portable fire extinguishers be carried out by the user or user’s representative. The frequency of inspections by the user should be not less than monthly and, when circumstances require, inspections should be carried out more frequently”.
Inspections should include checks that each extinguisher:
- Is located in the designated place;
- Is unobstructed, visible and its operating instructions face outwards;
- Has operating instructions which are clean and legible;
- Is not obviously damaged;
- Has a reading in the operable range or position of any pressure gauge or indicator fitted;
- Has seals and tamper indicators which are not broken or missing.
- Maintenance should be carried out by a competent person (usually a specialist contractor) 12 months after installation of a new extinguisher, and at 12 monthly intervals thereafter.
The type of fire suppression agent used will depend on the nature of what needs to be protected, as well as the location of the risk and the amount of space you have for your fire suppression cylinders. We will be able to advise you on which ones would be most appropriate for you and your business.
We service the needs of a wide range of industry professionals and we strive to keep all our clients safe in the knowledge that we have all the expertise and professionalism required to cover you in all aspects of fire safety and security. Get in touch with us today to find out more.