To meet legal requirements, a commercial fire alarm system must be subject to periodic testing and inspections so that faults can be identified, and preventive measures can be taken to ensure continued reliability on the system.
BS 5839 states that all the detectors, call points, panels, and circuits must be tested at least every six months by a competent person with specialist knowledge of fire alarm systems and smoke detectors, however this may be required more frequently for higher risk properties or complex systems.
Safe Building Services are a BAFE Registered Organisation. This ensures that as a company we meet the high standards set out by BAFE and have been audited and approved to carryout Fire Alarm Installation & Maintenance works in a safe and competent manor reducing the risk on the responsible person.
Fire extinguishers are often taken for granted and indeed we pass them in the corridor so often that we cease to notice them. In fact, they are vital pieces of equipment that protect your business, staff and visitors. If your extinguishers are not regularly checked to ensure they are in working order it could result in disaster. Having your equipment serviced is extremely important.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires that fire extinguishers and other installed fire equipment must be fit for purpose, properly installed and maintained following the manufacturers’ instructions or relevant British Standard Code of Practice.
You need to make sure that your extinguishers can be readily accessed at all times and will work when you need them. With regular maintenance and visual inspections in-house your fire extinguishers can be long lasting and reliable for fighting small fires early on.
Safe Building Services carry our on-site fire extinguisher servicing in accordance of the requirements of BS5306-3:2009 with a full service report provided detailing the status of each serviced extinguisher.
If you’re responsible for a building, it’s important to do all you can to reduce the risk of fire to keep people safe. It saves lives, it’s your legal duty, and it makes good business sense.
A Fire Risk Assessment is a legal requirement. If you are responsible for a building, for example a employer, owner or occupier of premises that aren’t a ‘single private dwelling’ (a private home), you need to make sure a suitably competent person completes a Fire Risk Assessment. It is your duty to identify fire risks and hazards in your premises and take appropriate action.
In addition, if five or more people work at your premises or your business has a licence under enactment in force, you’ll need your fire risk assessment to be a written record. Make sure you review your risk assessment regularly and whenever significant changes have been made that would have an impact on it. It’s good business sense as well as a legal requirement, often businesses don’t recover after a fire, and effective fire prevention starts with properly understanding the risks.
We have teamed up with Tio to bring you the UK’s first true digital fire logbook.
The innovative cloud-based solution has been developed by UK industryexperts for UK professionals, and conforms fully to BS5839-1.
• All records and full audit trail secure in the cloud
• Tailored to exactly what you have / need on your premises
• All compliance tasks created and managed in a click for all fire topics
• Performance & compliance dashboards from one property to national estate
• Document management & storage to ensure easy access to key documents
• Easy management of staff, service teams and sub-contractors
• In built standards and custom guidance for your tasks and premises
• Create your own custom safety tasks
• Clear responsibilities and relationships
• Upload fire risk assessment tasks and observations
• False alarm tracking and variances
• Emergency contacts, guidance and info ready when you need it
• Print or share digitally
• Automatically updated and integrated asset management
UK fire regulations stipulate that your emergency lights should be turned on and off monthly to test them and have a full service once a year. The latest British Standard recommends that you have a 3 hour emergency lighting test once a year, during which your main light circuit should be switched off and your emergency lights left on for a 3 hour period to find out of any batteries need replacing.
Safe Building Services carry out Emergency Lighting Testing and Installation to the retirements set out in BS5226-1 and provide a full test report on completion which identifies any failures or defects in the system.
As part of or Safe Buildings Made Simple policy, we are also able to rectify any highlighted failures and defects taking away any additional lost time to the responsible person finding a third party to carry out the works.