As a busy building or facility manager, attending to more obvious issues, like leaking pipes or damaged carpet, leaves you vulnerable to hidden ones. Fires happen less frequently than other building maintenance issues it’s easy to ignore. However, unlike a leaking pipe, fires take lives.
While the importance of fire safety is undeniable, learning the guidelines could require hours of searching through hard-to-read legislation. So, we’re sharing our top fire safety tips for building and facilities managers.
Secure fire statements
First on our list is the lodgement of the annual fire safety statement (AFSS). You’re required by law to complete this and submitting an incorrect or late statement could cost you in penalties.
Remember, the AFSS process takes time. Allow a couple of months before you’re due to submit your statement to book in the necessary inspections. Take into account any sign-off or approval processes and allow time for technicians to carry out any major repairs if needed.
You not only need to contact a fire protection service provider, but also air conditioning, lift maintenance, electrical and plumbing contractors. Plus, your automatic fire alarm service provider (AFASP) must also inspect your Automatic Fire Alarm (AFA) system.
Maintain reliable systems
You always want your systems to do what they’re designed to do. Besides, malfunctioning fire systems are inconvenient and expensive. It can costs you $1,600 or more if the fire brigade comes out due to a false alarm. That’s on top of what you pay to reset your alarm system.
Know what could trigger false alarms and stop them. Ban building occupants from smoking indoors, get electrical equipment regularly checked and know your fire protection system well. Seemingly simple incidents, such as a drop in water pressure in a sprinkler or hydrant system, could activate your alarms.
Ensure effective equipment
It’s always best to use your equipment and systems as they were intended. Provide building occupants with training or guides on the correct use of fire protection equipment if these are available.
And don’t use items such as fire hose reels or exit lighting as everyday tools. You want to make sure these are fit for use in the event of an emergency.
Keeping your building or facility safe from fires need not be a daunting task. Stay on top of your fire safety statements, prevent incidences that trigger false alarms and always use equipment as intended for fire-safe premises.
Need help managing the fire safety at your building or facility? Talk to Global Fire. Our team can assist in preparing your AFSS and ensure your essential fire systems meet the relevant standards. We’ll even remind you when your AFSS is due. If you want reliable fire safety solutions, call us on 1300 88 70 18 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.