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COVID-19: Fire Safety Advice for Businesses

The Coronavirus epidemic has changed the lives of everyone over the last year, and will continue to have an impact for many years to come.

When it comes to businesses, jobs, operations, and offices, we are all working to find ways to move forward and get back to “normal”.

For businesses who are continuing to operate, or planning to open up as lockdown restrictions ease, we want to share some fire safety advice.

Your business may not look the same as it did before, but the need for fire safety remains constant.

Undertake a fire risk assessment

A fire can devastate your building premises, cause disruption and loss of revenues, as well as potential injuries. Not only that, but failure to meet Government fire regulations can land you in legal trouble.

So, where should you start?

All business premises require a fire safety assessment. It will help make sure your business premise is prepared to reopen safely and mitigate the risks to the building, staff, and customers.

Review your fire curtain needs

A fire curtain is a temporary wall that will descend from the ceiling to provide a blockage or obstacle partition in-between two areas when a fire occurs. It will help save your life and prevent smoke and flames from spreading throughout your building or business. 

Restaurants, with their open flames and cooking equipment, are an obvious business type that should have a fire curtain fitted as a protective measure to deal with the worst-case scenario.

A carefully placed fire curtain between the kitchen and the bar may be the most sensible option, but one of our expert advisors would be more than happy to make other suggestions specific to your premises.

Whatever your business or building type, we can provide expert advice tailored to your specific needs.

Check your fire extinguishers

Fire extinguishers come in a variety of different forms. All of them are pressurised containers filled with fire-extinguishing material. They can be filled with water (with water additives), foam, carbon dioxide, or powder.

Just as with fire alarms, it’s important to have your fire extinguishers checked regularly. You don’t want to discover your fire extinguisher doesn’t work when you need it most.

If there’s been some staff changes, you need to check that you have enough people on the premises who have been trained to use a fire extinguisher.

Test your fire alarms

Fire alarms can sense heat and are available with a range of additional features including sprinkler systems.

Every business should have a fully-functioning and regularly tested fire alarm. With larger premises having fire alarms as part of a wider system that can be linked directly to local authorities for faster response times.

Make sure your fire alarm system is fully functioning and has been tested, particularly if your business premises have been sat empty for a long time during lockdown.

Get in touch with K&D Systems

For more fire safety advice and a free fire curtain quotation, contact the K&D Systems team. Talk to one of our expert advisors and tell us exactly what you’re looking for.

Give us a ring on 0800 092 1588 or email [email protected]

Fire Curtain Maintenance is Essential

Fire curtains work by reducing the risk of a fire spreading in a building. This helps to reduce and prevent damage to property but more importantly it can be the difference between life and death.

It’s importance can’t be underestimated.

However, having a fire curtain installed is only the first step. You need to make sure the fire curtain is properly maintained to ensure it works as intended should the worst happen.

Maintaining Your Fire Curtain Over Time

As the building occupier, you need to ensure that you are taking all the necessary precautions with your property and fire curtain maintenance is a big part of that.

Failing to follow a fire curtain maintenance programme could leave the building and its occupants vulnerable to risks of fire. You would also be violating fire regulations and insurance requirements of your building.

So, how often do you need to have maintenance work done on your fire curtain?

The frequency depends on how active your fire protection system is. 

If you perform a fire test every week, you should have them inspected every quarter. However, less active systems will usually only need to be inspected yearly to make sure that your system has no critical wear and tear.

Of course, if a system has been damaged in some way, you must get it checked immediately.

Our Fire Curtain Maintenance Programme

As a full service fire curtain company, we have the knowledge and skills to work with our clients from the design stage through to installation and then ongoing maintenance. 

We manufacture, install and maintain:

For each automatic fire curtain that K&D Systems installs, we agree on a maintenance programme that includes guaranteed backup and support as well as online telephone advice and support.

Get in Touch with the K&D Team

Fire curtains are built to save lives so making sure they are working correctly and effectively is of paramount importance. If the unthinkable should happen, don’t let your system fail because of maintenance neglect.

Get in touch with the K&D Systems team today for more advice and a free quotation.

 

6 reasons to trust K & D Systems

  1. We’re amazing value for money: all our manufacturing takes place within our plant in Sunderland.
  2. We have a team there to respond to all quotes within 24 hours.
  3. Our installation team have over 30 years’ fitting experience.
  4. We offer controlled descent and gravity fail safe systems.
  5. We are continually investing in research and development.
  6. We offer a 3 day turnaround time* on production.

*3 day turnaround time subject to certain restrictions; please ask us.

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