Public Sector Fire Protection
If you own or operate a public sector company, or you manage a public sector company’s premises, then you’ll know of the safety standards that you’re expected to maintain. The safety of your staff and visitors is of the utmost importance – for their peace of mind and health as well as your legal requirements.
From schools to healthcare, having adequate fire safety equipment and practices in place in your premises can be the difference between life and death, and in order to ensure the appropriate standards are met, you need to enlist the services of a fire safety company you can trust. City Fire Protection have years of experience in providing a range of services including:
- Fire extinguisher supply and installation
- PAT testing
- Installation and servicing of fire safety equipment
- Fire safety training
- Fire risk assessments
If you’d like to know more about the services we provide, please feel free to contact us today and one of our friendly team will be more than happy to help you with anything you need.
Main Risks to Schools, Hospitals and Care Homes
One of the main risks that schools, particularly day schools, face is the threat of arson. This is due to the fact that out of schools – overnight and during the weekend – the property is often left unoccupied. With boarding schools, their similarities to a domestic property – bedrooms, kitchens, etc – mean they’re also considered high-risk, but as they are constantly monitored and occupied, this risk is somewhat negated.
For care homes, the risks are similar to that of other residential properties. However, as the residents in care homes are likely to be older, and their mobility may be limited, evacuating in the event of a fire requires even more precision, planning and care. Fire risk assessments and evacuation plans are crucial in these environments, as the residents will need a lot more assistance than younger, more mobile people.
Prevention of Arson in the Public Sector
As arson is such a prominent risk to schools, developing an action plan to help prevent any arson attacks is the most effective way to protect your property against them. The process of prevention is as follows:
- Deter any unauthorised access to the site
- Reduce the potential for the starting of fires
- Reduce the potential of fire damage
- Prepare a disaster recovery plan to minimise losses and disturbance of operations
Public Sector Safety Tips
Fire doors – Installing fire doors in your property helps seal smoke and fire out of important areas of buildings, like escape routes, as well as keeping various fire hazards separated.
Fire risk assessments – Having a fire risk assessment carried out by a trained inspector will ensure that any fire risks or weaknesses in your property are identified. This will allow you to make the necessary changes, reducing the risk of fire.
Staff training – Training your employees in the appropriate procedures and practices to employ in the event of a fire can save lives. Panic is one of the leading causes of injury and death in fire emergencies, so if your staff know what to do and where to go, they can help evacuate your premises safely and quickly.