Why it is important to Carry Out Fire Equipment Inspection
If a fire occurs right now, do you know if your fire equipment is fully operational? Do your employees or facility occupants know where fire safety equipment is located? Are they trained to operate the equipment?
All of these questions should be answered thoroughly before any type of fire emergency occurs at your location. A fire equipment inspection can help you to make sure your fire safety equipment is working properly and can be used in the event of a fire emergency.
- A fire equipment inspection will accomplish the following:
Mitigate the risk of injury or death from a fire – through routine inspections you and your employees can be prepared for a fire emergency and respond quickly. This will help to reduce property damage, avoid injuries, and save lives.
- Identify potential fire risks in the facility – all facilities have some degree of fire risks. A fire equipment inspection can help to identify risks that could have been overlooked, or any new risks that may have developed over time. For example an electrical closet could become a storage closet, which may increase the risk of an electrical fire.
- Recommend appropriate fire safety equipment to be utilised – not all fire extinguishers are the same. There are different types of fire extinguishers for different types of fires. Also smoke alarms and other equipment may need to be updated or repaired. An inspection can help to recommend newer options that may cost less than maintaining existing equipment.
- Determine if existing fire safety equipment is performing properly – numerous factors can impact the performance of your fire safety equipment. Excess dust and dirt can reduce the efficiency of fire extinguishers. Also extreme heat or cold, moisture, or vibrations from heavy machinery could impact the ability for a fire extinguisher to operate. A routine inspection schedule can help to monitor the performance of fire equipment and make sure it is ready to be used when needed.
- Note areas that need to be addressed in order to comply with Australian Standards – there are penalties for non-compliance with Australian Standards. It is important for your location to be fully compliant in order to avoid these penalties, which can include fines or imprisonment. A fire equipment inspection can help you to find areas that need to be brought into compliance and help you to remain compliant.