Help & Advice
As we all know, fire safety is no joke, so to start the New Year off right it’s a great time to book in a check of all your systems. Whilst you wait for professional assistance, it’s also important to remember to manually check your fire alarm yourself. Don’t worry, if you can’t remember how to, our experts here at Target Fire Protection can provide you with all the information you will need in order to do so.
Each year the fire brigade attends to more than 600,000 commercial and domestic fire-related emergencies – resulting in 800 deaths and more than 17,000 serious injuries.
It is estimated that 50,000 of these call outs are among a domestic setting, killing over half (500) people in a year and injuring more than 11,000 individuals. These statistics show that the home is where people are more slack with their fire safety, which is devastating as this can be prevented with simple warning systems.
Are important devices that either sound or flash in order to alert whoever is in the building. Smoke alarms are vital to all buildings because they can detect the start of the fire, offering you enough time to evacuate the building. Smoke alarms are usually fixed to a ceiling and will need to be tested on a weekly basis to ensure they work and must checked by a professional every six months.
What type of alarm do you have?
There are different type of smoke alarms including:
Looking after your smoke alarm
How to test a fire alarm system
You should test on a weekly basis and have professionals attend every six months. Press the test button (usually in the middle) on your smoke alarm, this will sound to show you that the battery is working and ready to sound in the event of a fire. Press once again to stop it from sounding.
Commercial and industrial alarms are tested via a test panel or using service and test equipment. Only the call points are tested each week so a professional like Target Fire Protection should attempt every six months to test the smoke and heat detectors.
The importance of checking your fire alarms and smoke alarms for commercial and domestic properties
We’re all culprits of saying I’ll check that later but in the case of your smoke alarms, it’s incredibly important to avoid this train of thought. Set yourself reminders to test them once a week, it takes only a few seconds to push the test button and back off again. Giving yourself extra minutes to evacuate a building in the event of a fire could be the difference between life or death. Always plan an escape route and communicate your options with family members or staff, depending on where you are. Always keep your escape routes free of obstructions and make sure everyone in the home or office knows where to go and how to exit.
Target Fire Protection operate throughout Rochdale, Oldham, Bury and Manchester and work with customers nationwide. Whatever it is you require we offer first-rate fire safety courses, fire risk assessments, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, PAT testing, dry riser and hydrant testing and fire safety signage. For free impartial advice, call our expert team today.
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