Have you tested your fire safety equipment recently?

Posted on: 27 December 2019

What fire precautions have you taken to protect your premises? When you first moved into a building, you should have checked that the property is supplied with a full set of fire safety equipment such as fire hoses, fire extinguishers and smoke alarms. It's important to have all of this equipment on your premises, but what interest have you taken in your equipment since that time? Purchasing your safety equipment can only be the first step in protecting your business. You need to institute a regular regime of fire protection testing to ensure that your fire safety equipment remains fully operational and ready to use in the event of an emergency.

How can fire protection testing help?

By arranging for regular testing, inspection and maintenance of your equipment, you can have full confidence that your business premises are as safe and secure as they can possibly be. By working with a company that offers fire protection testing, you can know that your smoke detectors, fire blankets and fire extinguishers are fully functional and will act as intended to preserve your life if a fire should strike. The company will visit your site, and their experienced and fully trained staff will test each and every piece of equipment to ensure that it does exactly what it was designed to do.

What needs to be tested?

In most cases, fire protection testing is mandatory and must be carried out to comply with the legal provisions of Australian Standards. Three of the most commonly tested items are:

Fire extinguishers - The types of fire extinguishers you will need to have on your site will depend on the nature of the risks your business produces. When fire protection testing is carried out, the technicians will be able to advise you on whether you have the correct extinguishers for the nature of your business and whether their placement is ideal.

Fire blankets -  If your business has a kitchen of any type, then you should have fire blankets in place. Fire blankets are ideal for dealing with liquid fires as well as any clothing which may have caught alight. Your testing company will be happy to advise you of a suitable placement location for your fire blankets.

Smoke detectors - Smoke detectors are a proven life-saving device, but they can't save lives if they are not working correctly. Fire protection testing will ensure that your smoke detectors are located in the most appropriate places and that they are working correctly.