Fire Safety Equipment for Adelaide Businesses
There are a large number of things that a business owner needs to take care of when opening their business. One item that shouldn’t be forgotten in the process is purchasing the proper Fire Safety Equipment as required by law and properly maintaining it.
Business owners need to locate fire equipment in an easily and quickly accessible place in the building, have an emergency evacuation plan along with a diagram of the plan posted where it’s easy to see, and signage that tells where the emergency exits are located. They need to be able to make sure that in the case of an emergency, all of the people in the business location will know where to go and how to safely and quickly exit the building.
Types of Fire Safety Equipment and Their Uses
There are a number of different types of Adelaide Fire Safety Equipment business owners may need to have on site, with the exact number and placement of each type of equipment necessary varying based on the type, size and location of the business.
These help notify people that there is a fire in the building, sometimes before they can smell or see it for themselves.
These are helpful for putting out fires by smothering them so they can’t get the oxygen they need to burn. They’re particularly beneficial for kitchen fires, as water can’t be used to put out an oil-based fire.
Portable Fire Extinguishers Adelaide
These contain water, chemicals, foam, powder, carbon dioxide or vaporizing liquid to help put out fires, as long as the right type is used. Some types of extinguishers are suitable for fires involving flammable liquid or energized electrical equipment, while others cannot, so be sure to choose the right type of extinguishers for the right type of fire.
Fire Hoses and Reels
Larger buildings may have fire houses on reels to help with putting out fires.
Emergency Exit Signs
While they may not seem like Fire Safety Equipment, signs are essential so people can quickly locate exits and the equipment necessary to deal with any fires that may occur. These signs must be made a certain way for Fire Safety Compliance. The wording and colors of the sign, as well as the height of the text and where the sign is located are all determined by law.
Fire Detection Systems
These Fire Systems are designed to detect fires and initiate a response. In some instances sprinklers will come on in the case of fire to help douse the fire with water.
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Maintenance of Fire Safety Equipment
It’s not enough to simply purchase and install the necessary equipment for fire safety purposes, it will also need to be maintained. Batteries need to be changed in smoke alarms, and portable fire extinguishers need to be changed out as they reach their expiration date, for example. Fire Equipment maintenance is essential, otherwise a fire could develop and the equipment may no longer be functioning, which could cause a real disaster to occur.
FCF Fire and Electrical can test the equipment to make sure it is working properly. This should be done at the intervals stipulated by Australian Safety codes such as AS1851. It may be wise to place this maintenance on the calendar so it isn’t forgotten. Perhaps every 6 months take care of any fire safety equipment maintenance tasks and then go over the evacuation plan and location of all the fire safety equipment with employees.
Those who don’t know the proper procedures for maintenance or want some help with the process should contact us today. We offer professional help and advice and can give you an obligation free quote.