Just like your home, your business should have some sort of fire alarm system in place. This system, however, needs to cover not only life but also contents and property. If you’re a business it is the law to protect your workers, so having an alarm comes with responsibility. Our services not only include design and installation for those needing a new system, but we also cater for those who already have a fire alarm system in place and need maintenance and servicing. With the current pandemic, you should also consider your commercial alarm systems when your property may be empty for any duration of time. A fire detection system is the best way to notify staff, and emergency services and help save lives, property and ultimately your business.
Fire Alarm systems for commercial premises
All business owners have required to assess the threat of fire and its impact. Whether you are a small independent shop, a medium-sized factory or a large-scale warehouse, commercial businesses across Sussex and Surrey are required to have a fire alarm system in place. Just think, if a fire is detected early on, this can mean less damage which means a quicker time to recover and get back to business. C&M Fire Alarms can design and install a variety of different types of alarms. We can design a system to suit your business, building and budget.
NFU Mutual claims that statistics depict a 46% rise in the number of commercial fire claims from 22 March 2020 to 31 July 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.
Regular maintenance can be key to avoiding costly false alarms. By law, you are also required to ensure your fire alarm system is in working order and operating within industry and government standards. Employing C&M to look after your local Horsham, Crawley, Guildford or Sevenoaks business means we can support you with our 24/7 emergency call-outs, servicing and maintenance programmes to suit you. These include weekly, or monthly testing and monitoring. All are covered by third-party accreditations and regulated by industry governing bodies, such as BAFE, FIA and SafeContractor.
Unoccupied and Dangerous
If your business or premises has closed during lockdown it is important it is secure to reduce the risk of arson. Making sure your fire alarm system is working can alert you and the emergency services in the event of a fire. Ensure additional systems such as lighting and possibly CCTV are also working. In addition, empty buildings can be more likely to issue a false alarm. Such alarms are a danger as they take up precious time from the emergency services and can prove costly. Servicing, testing and maintaining your fire detection system will cut down on any such call-out.
Business Safety Week
Fire safety has also been highlighted with the rapid changes to business working during COVID 19. Mark Andrews, The National Fire Chiefs Council’s Business Engagement Lead said: “It’s been a difficult and challenging time for so many people, and Fire and Rescue Services want to make sure that as businesses address changes needed in response to Covid-19, they remain fire safe. Fire can have a devastating impact on business with many never recovering after an incident. We are here to support businesses if they need advice and guidance so we ask them to review Fire Risk Assessments and help us to keep your business working safely.”
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- Businesses must consider the potential risks that the COVID secure measures – which are required to open some premises – may in some cases, compromise fire safety measures.
- New screens must not obstruct smoke detection
- Businesses must have enough trained staff to support evacuation procedures
- Ensure measures to support social distancing do not impact evacuation procedures or the ability of emergency service to help you
- Protect your business from arson
- Help your fire service by reducing false alarms – which currently account for about 40% of all emergency calls
Trust in C&M Fire Alarms
Covering the South-East, C&M Fire Alarms are based in Horsham, West Sussex and has a fleet of vehicles and a large team of professional and qualified engineers working round the clock to ensure fire alarm systems are working well. With nearly 50 years of continual service, C&M prides itself on a friendly service with expert knowledge. Our engineers have ongoing training and our work is accredited. Whether your office, site or building is based locally in Horsham, on the South coast or in London we can offer our fire alarm expertise to any business large or small, just ask for a free quotation:
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