12 Dec Local Fire Protection Company in Bedford
Essential Fire Protection for Your Home or Business
If the worst happens, and a fire breaks out in your home or business premises, well-maintained fire protection can save you from disaster. Impact is a local fire protection company in Bedford. Our aim is to ensure that the required standards for fire safety are installed and maintained in businesses small and large. Whatever the size and scope of your premises, fire protection devices are – literally – a life saver.
Fire Protection Regulations
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) 2005 requires that every workplace requires a ‘Responsible Person’. This is someone with designated authority; it could be a business manager, business owner, employer, or professional risk assessor. The term Responsible Person’ can also be applied to a team who will collectively carry out the required tasks.
The tasks that a Responsible Person needs to carry out are:
- Fire Risk Assessment
- Risk register – used to communicate any risks discovered
- Creation and implementation of fire safety measures
- Provision of fire safety training for employees
- Formulation and communication of fire evacuation procedure
What is a Fire Risk Assessment?
The person who carries out your Fire Risk Assessment should be someone who has carried out a thorough assessment of your working environment and can recommend the correct fire protection appliances required to safeguard employees or occupants of the building. The aim of the Fire Risk Assessment is to:
- Comprehensively identify fire risks.
- Identify all those at risk in case of fire.
- Take action in order to reduce or remove the risks identified.
- Maintain records, communicate regularly, prepare evacuation procure and train employees, or occupants in fire safety.
As a local fire protection company in Bedford, Impact can join a workplace fire protection team in order to provide a professional Fire Risk Assessment, a subsequent report with recommendations designed to minimise risk, and the installation of fire safety equipment.
Fire Safety Equipment Essentials
Whilst every workplace will have unique requirements, the basic essentials for fire protection are as follows:
1. Fire Extinguishers
Your Fire Risk Assessment will determine what kind of fire extinguishers are required for your workplace. In most workplaces there are a variety of extinguishers required for different types of fire hazards. These should be placed near any high-risk locations, and on designated escape routes.
2. Fire Alarms
Your evacuation plan will be founded on a reliable fire alarm which detects the first signs of fire. Once installed, fire alarms need to be tested regularly, and they should be serviced every 6 months in order to comply with BS 5839-1 (the British standard for non-domestic fire alarm installations).
3. Sprinkler Systems
Installing a sprinkler system offers a simple and extremely effective solution for controlling and extinguishing fires if they are detected in the early stages. A sprinkler uses a water supply at a pressure sufficient to flow into designated pipes where sprinkler heads have been installed. They operate once a programmed temperature is reached.
4. Fire Doors
A fire door set is essential to stop the spread of fire, smoke, or toxic fumes through the building. Fire doors are strategically placed in order to create compartments in a building to contain the fire and keep evacuation routes clear. All fire doors are rated, and offer either 30 or 60 minutes of fire resistance. All fire doors need to be fitted professionally in order to be compliant.
Working With a Local Fire Protection Company in Bedford
Once your fire protection equipment is installed, it will need to be regularly serviced in order to remain compliant. Impact’s fire protection team can schedule regular servicing of your fire alarm, fire extinguishers, sprinklers, and fire doors.
We work with a number of local businesses in Bedford and across Bedfordshire to ensure their employees are fully protected should a fire break out. All our fire safety services are carried out in accordance with the BS5839-1 2017 standard, by fully trained and accredited technicians.