When should I invest in a Fire Alarm
Over the years the Fire Standards have been changing which in turn affects Fire Alarm Systems.
Many years ago fire alarm systems and other fire safety systems that would adopted into a building would have normally been done via your local fire brigade. He would normally every year call round a place of business or any other commercial activity and look at your fire safety procedures, he would see what you would have in place and should he be happy then fine, however, every so often a different fire safety officer may visit and in his view certain fire safety issues may not be up to his standard and therefore would instruct the client to carry out upgrades. this obviously used to anger people as they felt that it was OK with one officer, why cannot it not be OK with an other.
And here lies the problem, each fire safety officers point of view on the regulations and guidance was different. What was OK for one officer would be something different for the other. and this along with a whole host of reasons is to why the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order of 2005 came into force. This is effect took away the power from the fire brigade to offer guidance, but increased their power in enforcing change and ensuring that standards was met. In other words the new law/act basically said that the owner/manager/responsible person was responsible in ensuring that ALL fire safety procedures were in place for the protection of its users and people in the immediate area.
In theory this was great, but it also meant that now inexperienced people were responsible for fire safety matters in the building. People with no training was now responsible in ensuring that other peoples safety was maintained.
OK, you may say that, perhaps the person should get trained and/or perhaps employ a company to risk assess the building to ensure that it is up to current fire safety requirements.
So when do I know when I may need a fire alarm system. As crazy as it may sound it is quite straight forward.
#1 If you shouted fire at the top of your voice would every one in the building from where you are standing hear you and leave the building.
#2 If people in the building were sleeping and you shouted fire at the top of your voice would they hear you assuming you were not sleeping as well.
If the answer to the two above questions are no or just no to one of the questions then you need a fire alarm system. or some automated way of raising the alarm to alert the occupants that there is a potential of a fire in the building and you need to get out ASAP.
There is now mystical science on this it is as simple as the above and you dont need to sit a course or employ an expert to tell you. Adopt this in your method of speaking and even the fire brigade will be happy.
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