Professional Fire Risk Assessments
A fire risk assessment (click the link to view the full page) is a legal requirement for business premises and premises where the public have access to. It is recommended that fire risk assessments are carried out annually or following alterations to the premises.
As the responsible person, you must carry out and regularly review a fire risk assessment of the premises. This will identify what you need to do to prevent fire and keep people safe. You must keep a written record of your fire risk assessment if your business has 5 or more people.
If you don’t have the expertise or time to do the fire risk assessment yourself, you need to appoint a professional Fire risk assessor.
Call Twenty4 to arrange your professional fire risk assessment today.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, requires the responsible person to carry out a “suitable and sufficient” assessment of the risks on the premises. Similar requirements apply in Scotland under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, and in Northern Ireland under the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.
The form the assessment takes will be dependent on the type and size of premises or undertaking concerned.
You could be fined or go to prison if you don’t follow fire safety regulations.
Minor penalties can be up to £5,000. Major penalties can have unlimited fines and up to 2 years in prison.
If you are concerned about whether or not you are fully compliant we offer a free no obligation fire safety audit to assess and make recommendations for your particular business. Get in touch today and book your free appointment.
Fire Alarm Maintenance
If you have a Fire alarm system installed, you are responsible for arranging regular maintenance. To comply with BS5839-Part 1 the system must be maintained by a professional every 6 months, and you must carry out weekly fire alarm tests. Your insurance company may also require you to have your fire alarm monitored so in the event of the fire alarm activating the fire brigade would be automatically informed.
If you are unfortunate enough to be in a property or its surrounding grounds in an emergency, a sudden black out poses both a risk of panic and physical injury.
In the event over a mains power failure, emergency lighting will provide your staff and clients enough light to evacuate the building or area safely.
Emergency Lighting Maintenance
Emergency lighting systems are vital for a safe means of escape in the event of an emergency. BS5266-Part 1 requires emergency lighting systems to be tested monthly by the customer and a full discharge test to be carried out by a professional annually.
The team at Twenty4 have the experience and products available to ensure in an emergency your building is well protected and can provide the necessary illumination to provide everyone with the light needed for a safe escape. Give us a call today to book in your free consultation on 029 2125 24 24.
Every business needs them and they need to be maintained and serviced but when was the last time your Fire Extinguishers were checked?
To fulfil your legal obligations and ensure your business has the correct equipment should the worst ever happen, you need a name you can trust. Twenty4 only use premium products and have engineers with the knowledge to advise you on the best and most cost-effective way of protecting your business from fire.
Depending on the environment and nature of the business the number and type of extinguishers needed will vary and to fully understand what your business needs a fire safety audit is recommended.
We offer free fire safety audits to check all aspects of your business and will provide you with a detailed report to show what is needed to get you free safety audit call our team today on 029 2125 2424.
Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
Fire extinguishers should be regularly serviced to ensure they remain in good working order and function correctly should they be needed. It is the responsibility of a business owner or responsible person for a building to ensure that extinguishers are serviced in accordance to the BS 5306-3:2009.
Portable appliance testing should be carried out by a qualified inspector annually, to ensure that your appliances are safe to use for your employees and members of the public. Our Inspectors are highly trained to inspect all your appliances
To comply with the electricity at Work Regulations Act (1974) your business needs a regular check on all the electrical products that are plugged into the sockets.
To keep everyone in the premises safe our team can carry out PAT testing on all relevant appliances. This will include a vigorous approach both visually and with specialist equipment giving you total peace of mind that you and your staff are safe to use the equipment in your premises.
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Fire Door Retainers
In the event of fire a fire door will have a dramatic effect on the spread of the blaze.Having these doors open if a fire takes a hold of the building will lead to it rapidly spreading and causing more damage. Fire door retainers can be fitted to allow for doors that need to be left open in normal circumstances to shut automatically when a fire is detected.
There are a number of different types and the best one to use will be dependant in a number of factors, our team are always available to check what type would be best for your particular set of circumstances.
Fire Door Retainer Maintenance
Fire door retainers allow fire doors to be propped open, for day to day use. The can be very convenient for businesses, but most importantly they operate following the activation of the fire alarm system, closing the fire door during a fire to maintain that vital fire barrier. They should be maintained regularly by a professional to ensure they operate correctly during an emergency.
Fire Door Inspections
Fire Door Maintenance
Fire doors are vital to help reduce the spread of fire in a building. They act as a barrier during a fire and are vital to ensure a safe exit during an emergency.
They are often found to be damaged due to wear and tear, which can sacrifice the integrity of the fire barrier. Fire doors are required to have annual checks by a qualified professional to identify any faults.
Hearing Induction Loops
There are many different types of hearing induction loops but all of them basically use an electromagnetic field that is converted by a hearing aid into sound someone with impaired hearing can hear.
If your business has hearing induction loops installed or are considering installing one for hard of hearing clients or staff then our team would be delighted to hear from you. We have been installing and maintaining these systems for many years and work with many clients to ensure they are always working for when they are needed.
Hearing Induction Loop Maintenance
Hearing induction loops are essential for those with hearing difficulties. We advise these are tested annually to ensure they continue to work effectively.
Disabled Refuge Systems
Disabled Refuge systems are a vital tool for emergency services. The system allows them to make contact with people who may have trouble exiting a building in an emergency situation. These systems are often left idle, but should be inspected by a professional regularly, to ensure they operate correctly in an emergency.
Twenty4 can offer advice on lots of different systems and provide the expertise to install them. Once installed we can also maintain them so you have the peace of mind of knowing that if needed they will all be working and fit for purpose.
Disabled Toilet Alarms
Disabled Toilet Alarms Maintenance
Disabled toilet alarm systems are common in the workplace and premises open to the public. Thankfully they are rarely used, but when needed it is vital that these operate correctly. Due to the location of these systems they are often misused. Our toilet alarm maintenance plans ensure that these systems remain operational and we are able to identify system failures that may otherwise go unnoticed.
Twenty4 have installed and maintained nurse call systems in a wide range of premises, including Nursing homes, Hospitals and medical centres. We offer advice and expertise on getting the right type of product for you and can install hard wired or wireless systems depending on your requirements.
Nurse Call Systems Maintenance
They are often used daily and due to heavy usage, we often find damaged, and faulty components. Our maintenance plans can ensure system failures are identified and rectified at the earliest possible date.
Do we have to have a maintenance contract with the fire alarm?twenty4co2018-02-26T16:16:14+00:00
Fire alarm systems are required to be maintained by a specialist on a 6 monthly or quarterly basis, depending on the premises.
When someone activated a fire alarm call point do we need to replace the glass?twenty4co2018-02-26T16:15:21+00:00
Modern fire alarm callpoints now use plastic resettable glasses, these can be rest very easily with the test key.
Will we be charged for false alarms?twenty4co2018-02-26T16:14:25+00:00
Failed alarms are chargeable by the fire brigade although they tend to only enforce this for systems causing repeat failed alarms. When systems are designed and maintained correctly by a specialist, false alarms are very uncommon.
Can a fire alarm be linked to the fire station?twenty4co2018-02-26T16:13:29+00:00
Fire alarm systems can be monitored by an alarm receiving centre. Following a fire alarm activation the alarm receiving centre would notify the local fire brigade.
Do all business premises require a fire alarm system?twenty4co2018-02-26T16:12:07+00:00
No not all business premises are required to have a dedicated fire alarm. A fire alarm system design, type and category for a premises is usually first specified by the building designer or Fire risk assessor.
To find out if your premises require a fire alarm contact our fire risk assessor on 029212524224 for free advice.
Why should I use Twenty4 for my fire risk assessment?twenty4co2018-02-26T15:55:55+00:00
All our Risk Assessors are experienced competent professionals. We use a unique tablet based risk assessment system, ensuring data is collected and analysed at the premises in real time. Non-conformance’s can be recoded, risk graded, photographed, placed on a location plan and an action plan created whilst the risk assessor is standing in front of the risk. The risk assessment can be synchronised at the premises meaning you’re provided with a live and interactive risk assessment. If you get a non-conformance rectified, you can log onto the system, sign into and reduce the overall risk rating of your premises.
Your local fire and rescue authority might be able to give you advice if you’re not sure your risk assessment’s been carried out properly. However, they can’t carry out risk assessments for you.
How is a fire risk assessment conducted?twenty4co2018-02-26T15:56:24+00:00
A fire risk assessment involves a physical inspection of the building to determine the adequacy of the existing fire precautions and the need for any additional measures. Twenty4 do this in real time using a tablet based system ensuring data is captured as it’s observed. However, of equal importance to the physical inspection is a review of fire safety management in the organisation and consideration of the human factors.
There are practical limits to the extent of the survey and evaluation of the fire precautions. For example, in undertaking a fire risk assessment, we would not carry out detailed engineering evaluation or testing of fire protection systems, emergency escape lighting, etc. However, we would inspect such systems visually. Where appropriate, we would identify the need for any further engineering evaluation, which we would be able to carry out if required.
similarly, the survey of the construction of the building would extend to readily accessible areas of the building only. We would not undertake destructive exposure. While we would inspect above false ceilings, where possible, this would be on a sampling basis only. Again, if we considered that more thorough examination of such areas was necessary, we would highlight this to you.
The objective of the risk assessment will primarily be the safety of the occupants of the building whilst simultaneously satisfying the requirements of legislation.
Can I do my own fire risk assessment?twenty4co2018-02-26T16:07:09+00:00
Yes, if you consider you have the expertise to do so.
We are normally employed either when a client does not have the necessary competence or when they do not have the time or resources to conduct the risk assessments themselves.
Do all buildings require a fire risk assessment?twenty4co2018-02-26T15:57:01+00:00
Yes. There are few exceptions.
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, a fire risk assessment is necessary in virtually all buildings in England and Wales, other than domestic dwellings. Similar requirements apply in Scotland under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005, and in Northern Ireland under the Fire and Rescue Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.
What are the 5 steps of a fire risk assessment?twenty4co2018-02-26T16:10:35+00:00
Fire risk assessments following the 5 step fire risk assessments process as recommended by HM Government guidance documents, HSE and the guidance documentation issued by Fire and Rescue Services:
1. Identification of the Fire Hazards
2. Identifying Persons at Risk
3. Evaluation of the Risks (Eliminate, Reduce or Control) 4. Recording of the Significant Findings
5. Monitor and Review Process
Our fire risk assessors use an audit process involving the systematic evaluation of the factors that determine the hazard from fire, the likelihood that there will be a fire and the consequences if one were to occur, the all aspects of fire safety to identify any significant findings. These are recorded and a risk analysis conducted to arrive at a risk rating. A comprehensive action plan is then produced for each non-compliance, with realistic time scales for completion and review, providing the client with a range of options to meet their legal obligations and ensuring the most appropriate cost benefit solution.