Own A Commercial Building? How To Prepare For Your Annual Fire Safety Statement

Posted on: 20 October 2021

If you've recently purchased a commercial building, it's time to start thinking about all the regulations you'll need to comply with. Some of those regulations relate to public safety, such as the annual fire safety statements. If this is the first commercial building you've owned, you might not realise that you need to ensure proper fire safety at all times. Part of this includes the annual certification. Here are four steps you need to take to comply with the fire safety regulations. 

Request a Consultation

When it comes time to file your annual fire safety statements, the first thing you need to do is schedule a consultation. During the consultation, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions about the process. The consultation process can help to improve your chances for securing your fire safety certification. 

Schedule an Assessment

If you're ready to start on your annual fire safety statement, it's important that you schedule an assessment. During the assessment, your building will be inspected for issues that might interfere with fire safety. One of the benefits of the assessment is that your entire building will be inspected, including any outbuildings you might have on your commercial property. However, the assessment will also identify issues you might have with your fire suppression system, such as sprinklers, emergency exits and fire extinguishers. 

Resolve Specific Problems

If your assessment identified specific issues with your building, you'll need to take steps to clear those up. Issues regarding the safety of your commercial building will prevent you from receiving certification for fire safety. One of the good things about the assessment is that it provides you with a list of requirements and recommendations that need to be met. Once you've resolved those specific problems, you'll be ready to proceed to the final step in the process. 

Submit Proof of Certification 

Once you've completed all necessary repairs and remediations, you'll need to submit proof of certification. There are a couple of steps you'll need to take to prepare documentation. First, schedule a final inspection. This inspection will ensure that all necessary repairs have been taken care of. Next, you'll need to submit an application for certification. Finally, you'll need to submit your fire safety statement. Once you've submitted the documentation, your building will be issued the fire safety certification. 

Don't take chances with fire safety. Use the tips provided here to submit your annual fire safety statement.