Fire Safety Systems
Fires are a businesses worst nightmare, a destructive force causing damage to equipment, property and harm to anyone caught in its way. It is vital that you have all fire safety systems in place and that they are well maintained as well as any fire safety procedures such as risk assessments and evacuation plans.
At JDP Fire, Security, and Electrical we have extensive experience and knowledge in the fire protection industry. Our team of highly experienced and dependable engineers can design, install, inspect, and maintain a wide range of fire safety systems while ensuring that they are compliant with regulations.
We are proud to be BAFE Accredited for: BAFE SP203-1 Fire Detection and Alarm Systems (Design, Installation, Commissioning/Handover, Maintenance).
We offer a complete maintenance service with no lengthy contracts, making it simple to add or remove any task at any time with just 30 days’ notice.
To assist with your fire risk management ensuring you are compliant with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 we offer the following services.
Fire Alarm Systems
Weekly Fire Alarm Testing
Under British Standards BS 5839-6: 2019 Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings, any small or large business should undergo weekly fire alarm testing and fire alarm servicing at a minimum of once every six months. This will also involve liaising with alarm receiving centres to ensure systems are correctly put on test and signalling is checked and confirmed.
JDP are able to assist the responsible person with duties such as weekly fire alarm testing and fire alarm servicing. It is a legal requirement that the responsible person, who is defined as the employer, person with control of the property or an owner must ensure that the property is appropriately equipped with fire fighting equipment, detectors and alarms. They must also ensure that the premises, equipment and devices are subject to suitable maintenance, in a good state of repair and are in efficient working order.
Fire Alarm Takeover Inspections
After a new contract commences our team will carry out a full 100% fire alarm inspection. By doing this we are ensuring that all noncompliance issues, faults and recommendations are noted so the customer is fully aware of the status of their fire alarm system. This also satisfies BAFE (British Approvals For Fire Equipment) which your insurance company may stipulate as a requirement.
Fire Alarm Servicing
Under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 it is required that a responsible person should; ensure suitable system maintenance is carried out, systems are maintained in an efficient state, be in efficient working order and are in a good state of repair. The frequency of fire alarm servicing is recommended by British Standards BS 5839-6: 2019 to be carried out at least once every 6 months. We will ensure our clients never fall short of their responsibilities and we offer planned service scheduling to ensure compliance.
Fire Alarm Monitoring
Without any fire alarm monitoring in place your alarm system is limited in its ability to protect your business should the premises be absent of any persons. Depending on where your business is located it could potentially be too late before someone discovers and reports the fire.
With fire alarm monitoring set up, should your fire alarm activate you will have 24-hour signalling to a monitoring centre who upon receiving notice of you fire alarms activation will contact the emergency services, key holders and any other appropriate persons.
Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM)
Planned preventative maintenance, referred to as PPM is a scheduled maintenance routine that is essential to ensure services and equipment are kept in good working order and compliant with regulations. Rather than waiting for a maintenance issue to occur and becoming a serious issue, Planned Preventative Maintenance is carried out to prevent issues from occurring to begin with, minimise interruptions to business operations and reduce potential health and safety risks.
Fire Extinguisher Testing
Fire extinguisher testing is another important part of your fire safety compliance, this should be carried out by knowledgeable and competent persons. BS5306 requires all fire extinguishers be tested annually and further extended tests to be carried out every 5 to 10 years depending on the type of extinguisher.
Fire Sprinkler System Inspection & Testing
Frequent fire sprinkler system inspection and testing is required to maintain your sprinkler system and for it to remain compliant to BS9251. There are a range of checks and tests that need to be carried out weekly, 6 monthly and annually, which should all be carried out by a competent person.
Dry Riser Inspection, Testing & Maintenance
Dry risers are an essential piece of fire fighting equipment in tall buildings. They are depended upon to pump huge volumes of water vertically up through multiple floors, whether it’s to save someone’s life or to simply extinguish the fire and prevent further damage.
It is a legal requirement to ensure the entire dry riser system is in good working order and regular dry riser inspections and maintenance should be carried out as outlined by BS 9990. It is recommended that your dry riser system undergo a visual inspection every 6 months to check everything is working sufficiently. Also, every 12 months a thorough test needs to be carried out, this will include a pressure test to check for any leaks/failures in the system. Additionally all landing valves and perishables will be checked and replaced if needed.
Fire Safety & Evacuation Procedures
Fire Evacuation drills
A fire evacuation drill is done to simulate an emergency situation and is used to evaluate the effectiveness of the evacuation procedure, ensure everyone involved closely follows procedures and to identify any weak points or improvements.
During a fire evacuation drill it is highly recommended that all staff participate. This will help to ensure everyone remains familiar with the evacuation process and any new employees can experience and learn the procedures in place.
It is a legal requirement that a fire drill should be carried out at least once per year and the results must be recorded as part of fire safety records.
Fire risk assessment
If you are the person responsible for the premises, as stipulated by The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, a fire risk assessment is a legal requirement that must be regularly carried out and reviewed. You must keep a written record of the fire risk assessment if your company/business has 5 or more people.
When carrying out the assessment you should:
- Identify potential fire hazards
- Identify people who may be at risk
- Evaluate risks and minify/remove them wherever possible
- record findings of the assessment
- Review and update regularly
If you feel you aren’t confident enough or have enough experience, please allow us to assist you with the fire risk assessment process.
Allow our experienced team here at JDP Fire, Security and Electrical to handle your fire system maintenance, ensuring everything is safe, in good operational condition and compliant with all legal requirements.