Why Fire Equipment Maintenance Is Important?
Fire equipment maintenance should be more than just a passing thought for any facility owner or manager. Ignoring a routine maintenance schedule could result in malfunctioning or misplaced equipment – which could then result in serious damage to property and potentially loss of life in the event of a fire.
There are several key components to proper fire equipment maintenance:
Always review your fire risk and note any changes from the last assessment – this may include structure changes or renovations, new equipment or new occupants.
All fire equipment should be checked as part of the maintenance schedule – this should include smoke detectors, fire alarms, extinguishers, blankets, hoses and other fire safety equipment.
Emergency lighting and exit signs are a key part of your fire equipment maintenance routine – make sure all emergency lighting and exit signs are properly installed and lighted according to Australian Standards for fire safety. The location of the lighting and exit signs are critical and should be reviewed by a trained professional to confirm that the items are placed properly so they will be beneficial in the event of a fire emergency. Consider a smoke-filled corridor that is so dark the only hope to escape is the lighted exit sign.
Fire hydrants should also be a part of your fire equipment maintenance checks – there are detailed steps to properly test fire hydrants for their water pressure, hose compatibility, leaks and other items. A trained professional can assist in making sure your fire hydrant is working properly and can be used safely in an emergency.
There are always newer technologies and opportunities to take advantage of better fire safety equipment – some of the newer items can actually save time and money while saving lives and property. As part of your fire equipment maintenance check you should consider replacing any old or obsolete devices with models that could be more effective or energy efficient.
Create a maintenance report that can be reviewed during each maintenance interval – the report should contain a list of all fire safety items, their location, and any issues that were noted from the previous maintenance.
In between maintenance schedules building managers or owners can perform their own quick checks - to make sure all fire safety equipment is properly stowed and working as expected. If anything appears to be out of sorts, they can then contact their fire safety partner to help repair or replace the items.
When conducting any fire equipment maintenance you should rely on knowledgeable professionals who are familiar with Australian Standards and can help you to comply. These professionals should also have your safety as their top priority while also providing you with the best possible pricing. Fire Safe Services provides a comprehensive offering that includes fire equipment maintenance, inspections, repair or replacement, and even fire safety training.
Any fire equipment maintenance should be performed as a partnership with your company. By working together, your fire safety services provider can make sure all of your personnel are properly trained and your equipment is in working order. This will reduce the risk of serious property damage or serious injuries in the event of a fire emergency.