Procuring your essential fire safety equipment
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Procuring your essential fire safety equipment

12 August 2020 By Jo King - Category Buyer of Facilities Management at YPO

fire extinguisher in office

Everyone’s workplace differs, from factories to offices, schools to warehouses, but one thing that remains the same is that our workplace premises always require the same essential fire safety equipment, servicing and further fire services.

It is your responsibility to provide adequate means of fighting a fire.

 

This means that sourcing the equipment, ensuring it adheres to legal standards and providing any further associated/extended services is essential in ensuring that your workplace complies with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Essential fire safety equipment

In the event of a fire, you must ensure that you have all the suitable extinguishers for different emergencies, as well as alarm systems and monitors that can detect a variety of hazardous indicators.

After a fire has been detected, sprinkler systems including Wet & Dry Risers and emergency lighting are crucial. A fire safety risk assessment is also an important stage that must always be taken to evaluate your current fire safety precautions. All these essential products can be procured through our fire safety equipment framework

Servicing your fire safety equipment

To comply with health and safety measures, you must annually service your fire extinguishers to adhere to legal standards in the UK, the service has to be done in accordance with BS 5036-6. This service is best done by a third party accredited fire extinguisher technician, with the correct tools, training and experience.

Our framework can also be used to service your fire safety equipment, this is an easy way to appoint an accredited fire safety company to service your fire extinguishers. There are 3 service plans to choose from:

  • Fully Inclusive Package - a set price that covers all elements of the service.
  • Semi Inclusive Package – includes the following as a minimum included in the one price:

Service inspection and remedial works of each piece of equipment, supply and fit of both small parts/large parts and re-fixing of equipment to walls.

  • Basic package – separate charges for each individual element of a Basic Service visit carried out by the Provider.

Further fire safety services you should consider

As well as possessing the essential equipment and ensuring that it is regularly serviced, there are other services you should always consider ensuring your emergency procedures, fire drills and equipment continue to adhere to guidelines. These include:

Fire Risk Assessments

 

This is typically a working document on managing a buildings fire safety and includes a property summary and action plan.

Property Summary - Provides detailed account of each property including location information, floor plans, photos, and contact details. This will highlight where in a building an organisation is failing to comply. Risks are listed in priority, so you can easily manage the progress on each risk assessment ensuring you are always up to date. Live Updates also allow you to monitor the progress on each risk assessment ensuring you are always up to date.

Action Plan - This element of the report provides you with a summary of all risks, listed in order of priority. Each risk has a detailed action covering why it is not compliant, what needs to be done, its location, who is responsible and when it needs to be completed.

 

Fire Safety Training

 

On completion of the fire safety training course, the participants will be able to understand the nature of a fire, how it spreads and the hazards that can cause a fire.

Further training opportunities such as this are important because it means members of staff will be able to:

  • Understand the duties of the Fire Warden
  • Distinguish between the different types of fire extinguishers and when they should be used
  • Tackle small fires with confidence as a result of "Hands On" training
  • Communicate the fire message to their colleagues

Our Fire Safety Equipment framework covers all of the above essential equipment, services and further training. You can view the full framework details for public sector or education here.

Alternatively get in touch with the team to discuss your procurement needs.

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