Our Top 5 Fire Prevention Tips
Posted on 8th December 2022
Fire prevention is essential in both residential and commercial properties. Following expert fire prevention tips and methods can help keep your building as well as the people occupying it safe from the dangers of a potential fire.
As experienced fire consultants, here at GRJ Surveying we wanted to share our best fire prevention tips that can help protect your property, its occupants and visitors.
Identify Potential Dangers
The first and possibly most important fire prevention tip is identifying what can be a potential cause of a fire and making sure any risks are addressed adequately.
Some of the fire hazards in a residential building include cooking appliances and heaters. This is why it’s important to always turn off the heating when you leave the house and ensure any gas and electrical kitchen appliances aren’t faulty.
In commercial buildings, especially ones where lots of machinery is used every day, there is a substantial risk of electrical fire. Hazardous materials such as explosives or flammable substances are also a potential danger, especially if they are stored incorrectly.
Make Sure You Have Appropriate Fire Safety Equipment
Whether at your home, workplace, rental property or public building, having the appropriate fire safety equipment at hand can help reduce the risk of a fire. And if a fire does occur, the right equipment can help alert people in the building, and help put the fire out before it spreads over the whole building.
Your building should be equipped with smoke alarms, appropriate fire exit signage, fire doors and escape ladders if needed, as well as fire extinguishers and sprinkler systems.
Carry Out a Survey of Your Fire Protection System
Your passive and active fire protection systems are designed to keep your building safe, however, if your fire protection system isn’t up to date it can’t work as intended. One of the things people often overlook is ensuring their fire protection is up to standard. This includes structural steel and other foundation materials, fire walls and any fire stopping barriers.
A fire compartmentation survey can reveal whether your building is truly safe and can help identify any issues that need to be addressed in order to prevent future chances of a fire. As the UK’s leading fire protection consultants we can help by inspecting your property and creating a detailed report on your current fire protection system, as well as areas that need improvement.
Don’t Ignore Electrical Safety
Most homes and businesses use various types of electrical appliances and equipment every day. Electrical appliances present a great fire risk in both residential and commercial properties.
Faulty equipment, exposed wiring or overloaded plug sockets are only a few of the reasons for an electrical fire. Sometimes even a single spark can quickly spread and cause a fire that can spread throughout your whole building.
One of the fire proofing methods to reduce the risk of electrical fire is to repair or safely dispose of faulty electricals as soon as you can. You also shouldn’t overload plug sockets and ensure that any appliances in the building are regularly inspected and tested.
Schedule Fire Door Inspections
Fire doors are an essential part of fire prevention in a building. They are designed to not only offer a quick way for people inside the building to evacuate but also stop fire and smoke from spreading throughout your property. Just like any other fire protective equipment in your building fire doors should be inspected regularly to ensure they are up to the safety standards.
We hope that our fire prevention tips will help you keep your building and the people in it protected from the dangers of a fire. If you need expert support in managing the risks of a fire in your building, the experienced fire safety consultants at GRJ Surveying are here to help. We can carry out a survey of your building and advise on actions that need to be taken. To make an inquiry about our services, contact our team today!
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