Does my business need a fire alarm?

As a business owner there are a number of health and safety regulations you need to abide by to ensure your staff and premises are protected. Some of the most important, and least understood, are surrounding fire safety. When it comes to taking steps to prevent and detect a fire on your premises the guidelines can be confusing and business owners are often left wondering – what do I need to do? In this blog we explain how to establish what your responsibilities are and any actions you need to take to ensure you’re covered.


Fire safety regulations

While there’s no specific law on fire alarms, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states all business premises must have ‘an appropriate fire detection system’. It requires that all buildings (except domestic buildings) carry out a fire risk assessment to determine which type of fire prevention methods are required.

Your risk assessment should take into consideration specific influencing factors associated with your business and premises, which might include: the size of your premises; what activities take place on site; whether you store any flammable materials; and if you have any vulnerable employees.


What type of fire prevention does my business require?

Most businesses will find their fire risk assessment shows they require at least a fire alarm on the premises. Depending on other risk factors you may also require additional fire systems, including emergency lighting, fire extinguishers, or sprinklers.

Any systems fitted in a commercial building must be installed in accordance with regulations and comply with British Standards 5839, so it is important to employ the services of a qualified and reputable fire safety company to carry out the work. If you’re unsure about what type of fire prevention you might need, they will also be able to advise you.


Fire alarm maintenance

Of course, having a fire alarm system installed is no use if you don’t take steps to test and maintain it. The government recommends that your fire alarm is thoroughly serviced by a qualified professional at least once every six months. If you have a large building, with many alarms and employees, it may be worth having more frequent inspections, so you can be sure you’ve done everything possible to protect your people and premises in the event of a fire.

At JELACO, we’re experts in fire safety prevention and detection systems. Our services include the installation and maintenance of fire alarms, emergency lighting, dry risers and fire hydrants, hose reels and sprinkler systems, kitchen fire suppression systems and more. Get in touch to find out how we can help.