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FIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS
We can offer the services of our fire risk assessors who are based within the south west.
If you have not already had fire risk assessments carried out or would like a quote for upcoming assessments on your building please do not hesitate to contact ourselves.
We can also offer fire training.
Our fire risk assessors are fully trained and qualified to carry out these services.
FIRE DOOR SURVEYS
If you are the property owner or designated responsible person, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that the fire door sets will perform as designed. A fire risk assessment should be carried out by a suitably qualified person and then any recommended alterations and replacement works carried out straight away. Maintenance should have been carried out at appropriate regular intervals from the date when the door sets were installed and based on the usage of the fire door set. Records of past and future maintenance should be available and prove compliance of the fire regulations.
All fire door sets should have documentary proof of the door leaf and frame manufacturer, all necessary ironmongery, intumescent and smoke seals and signage are correctly installed to the manufactures requirements and are from approved manufacturers list of suppliers tested with the door leaf to ensure the set complies with that tested and approved and must be installed with all appropriate fire stopping and tolerances to ensure proper and effective functioning.
Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (RRFSO) governs fire safety management in existing buildings.
Once it has been determined that fire door sets need replacement, we will come and measure the structural openings via the removal of architraves and then place orders for the new sets.
FIRE AND SMOKE DAMPER TESTING AND INSPECTION
Is Fire Damper Testing required?
Yes:- Fire dampers are installed to prevent the spread of fire through the ductwork from one area of a building into another. Maintenance and testing of dampers essential to ensure correct operation of the fire dampers are functioning correctly with no faults.
BS 9999:2008 states that: "… all fire dampers to be tested by a competent person on completion of the installation and at regular intervals not exceeding 2 years. Spring-operated fire dampers should be tested annually and fire dampers situated in dust-laden and similar atmospheres should be tested much more frequently, at periods suited to the degree of pollution.”
Our Service Include
- Full written electronic reports for log book records - Includes notification of any/all faults
- Complete inspection of fire damper with photographic evidence
- Visual inspection of surrounding area of ductwork for cleanliness
- Damper locactions on customer drawings
- Fire damper replacement and installation service
- Full asset checking and location identification
Our technicians are fully trained who can provide a professional service, supported with full compliance documentation. Including photographic evidence before and after. We can also, remove and install new dampers as required.
Regular maintenance is important to ensure fire dampers will operate correctly in a fire situation.
Why Should we clean ductwork?
Ductwork in all shapes and sizes is used to ventilate and condition numerous types of premises such as hospitals, offices, cinemas, kitchens and museums. Almost always the ductwork is hidden from view and the accumulation of debris is not apparent. If left this debris may propagate unwanted allergens or provide a breeding/feeding ground for insects and vermin. This can seriously effect staff productivity and pose a health risk to visitors and customers.
To address these problems access must be gained to the system. Even though current ductwork specifications, DW 144, call for access doors at pre-determined locations and distances it is likely that additional doors will be required to clean the ductwork to H.V.C.A. TR19, HTM03-1 & C.I.B.S.E. TM26 standards. Once access is gained a variety of techniques can be used to dislodge debris from the internal surfaces of the ductwork prior to vacuum removal. Most common, in ductwork up to 800mm diameter, is the rotary brush system, which can be worked at long distances and orientated around bends. This reduces access door requirements to a minimum.
We can provide quotes for any given project by way of a site survey. Alternatively drawings can be sent by post or email so that a linear meterage can be established. Our “in house” plotting capability of emailed drawings helps speed up the quotation process for those requiring an urgent price.
VENTILATION AIR QUALITY RISK ASSESSMENT
A site survey is the best way to fully understand the project so that all aspects can be taken into consideration. This will enable us to determine the duct type, size and length of the system and any access equipment etc that may be required.
We can provide a cost to determine the fire damper locations where they are not known (provided drawings can make this a simple exercise). If not we can reference locations on drawings.
Air quality tests can be provided to determine air quality through the supply ductwork, using
- Preferred Vacuum Test (PVT)
- Dust Vacuum Test (DVT).
- Air Pump: A high Volume air sampling pump.
- Filter media: 37mm mixed cellulose ester (MCE) matched weight filters in three piece cassette.
- Filter cassettes are sent to the laboratory for the results.
The laboratory results are assessed and reported to the client. Full details can be discussed at the survey. We can also provide quotations for new builds, from your detailed scaled drawings free of charge.
PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS SUPPLY AND SERVICE
We can service and supply all types of fire extinguisher to the British Standard BS5306. Our engineers are fully qualified to inspect and service portable fire extinguishers. Extinguishers that are not maintained annually to the British Standard are no longer considered compliant.
Under the British Standard, an extended service - otherwise known as discharge testing - is to be carried out at stipulated intervals. For water, foam, dry powder or wet chemical extinguishers, this is every 5 years. CO2 extinguishers require extended servicing every 10 years. In the case of powder or CO2 extinguishers, you will be offered a service exchange unit which is more practical and economical than emptying and refilling the contents.
Our Service Department will remind you when your annual service is due and make the necessary arrangements for an engineer to visit. Furthermore, we operate an online database which means your servicing and equipment records (including manufacturer, year of manufacture, next test discharge date and each extinguisher's location) is maintained in our database, to which you will also have access. This is particularly beneficial if you are a multi-site company, as at a glance you can see in real-time when sites are due a service.
Process of Commissioning
Commissioning of a new or refurbished extinguisher should be carried out by a competent person. After removal from its packaging and transit protection, and immediately before being placing in its designated location, the extinguisher must undergo the sequence of commissioning service actions described in British Standards, with the safety precautions being carefully observed.
In the event that the manufacturer has not marked the mass of the extinguisher or a nominal range of mass for the extinguisher, the competent person should consult the manufacturer’s workshop manual for that model or contact the manufacturer to obtain this information.
When all of these checks have been satisfactorily completed, the extinguisher should be installed and positioned in accordance with BS 5306-8
FIRE ALARMS AND EMERGENCY LIGHTING
Commercial fire alarms should be serviced at a minimum of every 6 months. Our qualified engineers service to the British Standard BS5839-1:2013. As fire safety specialists, we also supply and install a wide range of fire alarm systems, from wireless devices to more conventional systems. We also supply replacement keys for your call points.
Fire alarm systems are covered by BS5389, which sets out a recommended programme of fire alarm testing and inspection, including weekly testing of a single manual call point to ensure the system activates, and full, periodic testing every 3 or 6 months with a stimulus such as smoke or heat by a competent company.
Emergency Lighting is lighting for an emergency situation when the main power supply is cut and any normal illumination fails due to a fire or power cut. Emergency lighting will provide light to allow occupants to evacuate in the case of fire or from panic or tripping over and subsequent injury. Emergency Lighting is covered by BS5266 and daily, monthly and annual programmes of maintenance and checks should be carried out by simulating a failure and documenting that the system is maintained and meets British Standards.
FIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS
The Fire Risk Assessment is an important legal requirement under The Fire Safety Order 2005. The Responsible Person has a duty to ensure that the Risk Assessment is carried out, and actions are taken on works required in the Assessment. The Responsible Person is usually the employer, the person in control or owner of the building – or someone designated to the role.
A Fire Risk Assessment is very important in an organisation’s fire safety strategy. The starting point is to identify fire risks and safe escape in the event of a fire, and it provides fundamental information on all aspects of fire safety from the correct extinguishers to the right category of alarm and necessary signage.
Our engineers have the expertise and accreditation to compile a Fire Risk Assessment for your organisation. All of our Fire Risk Assessors are qualified to the highest standards. We will supply your Fire Risk Assessment as an electronic document and also in hard copy format.
Your fire risk assessment is carried out according to PAS79 (Fire risk assessment – guidance and a recommended methodology). This PAS gives guidance and corresponding examples of documentation for undertaking, and recording the significant findings of, fire risk assessments in buildings and parts of buildings for which fire risk assessments are required by legislation - more specifically the "Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005" in England and Wales
You will receive an electronic and hard copy of your risk assessment, and our engineer will provide you with expert advice on any significant findings.
The Risk Assessment Process
1. Identify the risks
2. Identify people at risk
3. Evaluate, remove, reduce and protect from risk
4. Record findings
5. Review and revise
Commercial Fire Installation
Fire operates indiscriminately. It doesn’t follow the guidelines of your fire safety plan or always start conveniently without blocking a fire exit. Fire is highly unpredictable and spreads fast, engulfing a building in smoke within minutes. Smoke makes visibility extremely difficult, combine this with being unable to breathe properly and you will get some idea of how hard it becomes to follow fire safety procedures, remain calm and find an exit. The best commercial fire protection is without doubt automatic. You require fire protection capable of stopping fire dead in its tracks and minimising smoke outbreak.
Sprinklers contain fire in the place of origin and suppress flames and smoke efficiently and effectively. This allows your staff ample time to vacate the building safely via a fire exit, maintaining full vision and little smoke inhalation, if any at all. 9.9 times out of 10, fire sprinklers will have extinguished a fire before the fire service arrives, meaning that the fire service only has to secure the building and conduct an investigation. It’s simple, commercial fire sprinklers save lives and save your business from being gutted by fire. It can take a year or more for a business to recover from the effects of fire; don’t let this happen to you.
A fire blanket is a quick and effective method to suppress small fires which occur in the home or workplace. A fire blanket is made to specific safety standards and is tested to comply with BS EN 1869:1997 standards with a BSi Kitemark and BAFE rating (British Approvals for Fire Equipment).
A fire blanket is not the same as a regular blanket you have at home. It is made from flame resistant or flame retardant materials, specifically designed to withstand fires at high temperatures, removing the oxygen from a fire and preventing any further damage. A blanket can also protect you when making a speedy exit from a large fire.
There are various ways of using a fire blanket:
1. Fire blankets are effective in dealing with kitchen fires, such as deep fat fryers. The first thing you must do is turn off the heat source, then open up the blanket so that it covers the whole flame. Placing the blanket over the flame cuts off the oxygen supply, smothering the flames and preventing it from spreading. Leave the blanket like so for at least half an hour, leave the room, close the door and call the fire authorities. Take extreme caution in doing so; always shield yourself from the fire and be careful not to burn your hands.
2. Fire blankets are also of use if you or someone else's clothes catch on fire. Once surrounded in the fire blanket they should drop to the floor and roll around. This action smothers the flames and prevents them from spreading.
Remember: Stop, drop and roll.
3. Fire blankets are a great source of protection in a burning room. While they won't protect you for extended periods, if you are able to reach a fire exit then do so after wrapping yourself in the fire blanket and passing through the affected area. This will prevent you suffering from burns while making your exit.
A fire blanket is not always effective
Did you know that a fire blanket is not always effective and you should be aware of the following points to prevent putting yourself in significant danger
1. If the blanket is not large enough to cover the flames, do not attempt to do so. The fire blanket can only smother the flames by cutting off the oxygen supply, so the fire needs to be completely covered. If possible, just turn off the heat supply, leave the room, close the door and call the fire authorities. Remember, they are trained to deal with fires and attempting to extinguish the fire yourself could put yourself in great danger.
2. Never try to throw the blanket over a burning pan. You're sure to miss the fire and the blanket could prove to be useful if your clothes catch fire.
3. While fire blankets are a great accessory for any home or office in case of an event, always make sure you buy a genuine kitemarked product. There are many counterfeit products widely available that claim they comply with a particular standard but if there is no British Standard Kitemark you can be sure it is not going to protect you in the event of a fire.
Shopping online has never been easier, which makes it very easy for counterfeit products to be sold and bought unknowingly by consumers. Not only unethical, this can cause significant danger. There are fire blankets that are being sold online that are not only inefficient at extinguishing a fire, they are actually catching alight themselves. Not only counterproductive but also seriously harmful. This is why you should be savvy about fire blankets - and all fire protection equipment - before shopping online.
How Do I Know I Am Buying A Genuine Fire Blanket?
It can be difficult to know whether you are buying a genuine product if you don't know what you're looking for. All equipment should carry the British Standard Kitemark.Some counterfeit products can still carry what appears to be a genuine CE Mark, and some sellers themselves can claim the products come with the 'relevant standards'. The British Standard for fire blankets is BS EN 1869:1997.
Be wary when buying a fire blanket that seems overly underpriced compared to its competition - don't fall into the trap of believing that it's cheaper just because it's being sold online. There is a reason some fire blankets are double the price of others and it comes down to the fact it is a genuine certified product that will actually protect you in the event of a fire.
Buying from a UK manufacturer is a good way to ensure you are buying a genuine product. Products that are manufactured in the UK have to adhere to particular standards, so you know that they have been tested and certified by professionals.
Remember that buying counterfeit safety products can be the same as not having any protection at all - always put your safety first.
STAFF FIRE TRAINING
Fire and safety training is an essential part of health and safety at work for all employees. Our training sessions can be held at the client's premises where we can highlight the fire precautions located on your premises and adapt our presentation according to the needs of the organisation.
Our courses are run by a qualified fire trainer at your premises, and a Certificate of Attendance will be issued on completion. Our 3-hour fire warden course is designed for staff with fire warden duties, and who may also be required to operate fire extinguishers safely.
The courses are presented in an easy, understandable way by our experienced and qualified engineers.
Domestic Sprinklers Information
Statistics for 2014 (latest official figures available) show there were 61,300 building fires which resulted in over 322 deaths and 18,200 injuries during that year.
Of these – 39,600 were fires in dwellings which caused 258 deaths and 7,758 injuries. These statistics clearly show that your home is a dangerous place.
In fact fires in the home account for over 60% of all building fires and over 75% of all casualties. You are three times more likely to die in a fire at home than anywhere else.
Smoke alarms give good warning of fires but are only effective if there is anyone there to hear them. What happens if you are deaf or bedridden or – simply not there?
A recent report shows that over 95% of children for instance will sleep through a smoke alarm.
So what can we do to improve the situation? We certainly cannot expect the fire brigade to respond any quicker. In fact with modern traffic causing so much congestion response times are likely to get worse – not better.
What we can do is add the option of active fire protection with residential sprinkler systems.
Installation of Fire Sprinklers
A residential fire sprinkler system is designed specifically for the domestic environment.
All the pipework is concealed in the floors and walls, and the sprinklers themselves are small, neat and blend in with the decor. They are available in a range of colours and finishes and even concealed models can now be obtained.
The heads are connected through a system of pipes to the water mains or an alternative secure source of water. Most rooms require 1 or 2 sprinkler heads to afford complete protection.
The process of installation is similar to putting in central heating, but with much less pipework, and thus less disruption.
An adequate and reliable water supply is obviously essential for a sprinkler system. This can normally be obtained directly from the water mains, but in some cases may need to be stored on site.