Is Your Business Fire Safe?
Whether your business is your shop or a factory, insuring against fire must be a top priority. Both commercial and business properties should be protected by installing extra safety measures to ensure that you and your business is as safe as it can be. Hopefully these measures will prevent or at least, reduce or contained the fire completely. I have chosen 5 ways which you can protect your business against fire!
These are some of the most common and effective fire safety measure which will give you passive fire safety! The great thing is these can all be implemented during your just starting up or retrofitted if you are already established.
Passive fire protection
Passive fire protection is an all encompassing term which categorises any method which provides inherent safety, where no action is required once it is in place. It is where fire safety and material science meet. Choosing materials which reduce the sources of ignition, slow down how fast the fire can spread or contain the fire completely. All of these allow the fire to be dealt with in a controlled and safe way.
The layouts of your buildings can have a significant impact when it comes to fire safety and fire control. Ensuring there is spaces between buildings so that the fire cannot spread from one building to the other is an age old practice.
It might sound like something that is more suited for your neighbours garage band than your business but this passive fire safety technique is very effective at controlling fires. They stop the spread of smoke and flames inside buildings.
There are 3 common types of fittings for acoustic sealing. Slabs, Curtains and Sealant. Usually a mixture of the 3 would be used to ensure every inch is sealed perfectly!
Cavity Barrier Systems are used to prevent the spread of fire and smoke in roof and ceiling cavities. This system typically increases fire protection by 4 hours! This will prevent fire spreading to other parts of your business during those hours. This practice is typically found in industry and is a leading solution which makes the most of modern day material science, engineering and fire safety practices.
This solution provides a safe and non toxic replacement for asbestos, which was used for many years.It is lightweight and easily installed. These fire retardant materials also reduce or completely negate any heat which is escaping stopping it from transferring through buildings.
Firestopping Systems are similar to acoustic sealing services and reduce or completely stop harmful gasses escaping and fires spreading between floors or rooms of a building. These is a particularly resourceful solution for pipes which penetrate through walls or floors or pass through multiple rooms.
These are perfect for ducts, pipes, electrical cables and much more.
Intumescent Coating is a reliable solution when protecting against fire. During any fires, these systems protect and insulate any structural steelwork, maintaining the strength of the components which should eliminate any potential collapse. This coating can add up to 2 hours of extra protection against fires.
Central heating Maintenance
Servicing your central heating system is very important, as most of the buildings in the UK are using gas to maintain building temperature. Annual boiler servicing is crucial to abide by the legal regulations, as gas appliances can be dangerous due to a number of faults that develop through poor maintenance or just wear and tear.