Passive VS Active Fire Safety for SMEs

It is a legal requirement that all non-domestic buildings must have adequate fire protection installed to comply with fire health and safety. While this is readily apparent for larger companies, smaller businesses may not realise it's just as vital for them. The extent of the fire protection required will depend mainly on the scale of your business and its specific setup.

It is a legal requirement that all non-domestic buildings must have adequate fire protection installed to comply with fire health and safety. While this is readily apparent for larger companies, smaller businesses may not realise it’s just as vital for them. The extent of the fire protection required will depend mainly on the scale of your business and its specific setup.

pressing fire alarmFire Safety In The Workplace

As already mentioned, fire protection in certain buildings is required by law. The UK government gathers all its fire safety legislation together under ‘the regulatory reform (fire safety) order 2005‘. This framework regulates fire safety in all non-domestic premises, including workspaces and multi-occupied residential buildings such as apartments or flats. This includes installing fire alarm systems, evacuation plans and other safety measures to ensure the safety of anyone within the building.

Fire Protection systems for SMEs

 

While providing competent person services in Essex, London and Kent, we understand that not every business is the same, and each needs to assess  the areas where they are vulnerable. For example, a craft-based retail shop will have a lower fire risk than a restaurant or café kitchen. As well as evaluating the potential of a fire breaking out, you also need to consider what type of fire protection is best suited to your needs. For example, warehouses require fire protection systems that protect the stock stored inside. Alternatively, SMEs that deal with many customers, such as restaurants, will want to prioritise a system based on the swift, safe evacuation of staff and customers.

There are two main types of fire protection systems described below, passive and active.

Passive Fire Protection

Passive protection systems are designed to be a persistent part of the building without infringing on the daily operations. The passive system is deeply connected to the building’s internal floor plan and structural design. These can include fire-resistant doors, walls and even floors.

Effective passive systems are designed to slow down or prevent the passage of flames or smoke. This plan of containment and delay assists greatly with evacuation and limiting the damage.

room full of smoke with fire alarmActive Fire Protection

Active fire protection systems activate once a fire has been detected. An active system will attempt to stop a fire before it spreads. Sprinklers are the best-known example of an active system, but fire alarms also fall under this category as they will only sound the alarm once a fire is detected.

Both systems are practical choices, and when combined, they can create an emergency system that will give you substantial peace of mind for your business’s fire safety. If you are unsure which method would best suit the unique needs of your business, then please, consider taking advantage of our CDM consultancy services based in London.

Conducting Risk Assessments

When you are responsible for protecting a building, commissioning your legally mandated fire risk assessment is essential. Additionally, a competent person must conduct an annual check-up to result in the building in question continues to be safety compliant with the law all year round.

As part of our work providing health and safety advice for small businesses, we can provide your business with a thorough fire risk assessment. We can identify any potential fire risks within your premises. When we conduct one of these assessments, we will not limit our search to any fire hazards but also identify any individuals at risk and evaluate possible ways to reduce or negate the risks entirely. Additionally, we can record all of our findings for the companies annual review and advise clients on effective emergency plans. We also specialise in providing the necessary training related to our risk assessments so that our clients can be confident in their preparations.

worker checking fire extinguiserAssessments From Armadillo Safety

Ensuring your premises have the best fire protection possible will be the highest priority for any business owner. But like all the most important decisions in life, you’ll want to be the most informed to make the best choice.

We firmly believe that there can be no compromise regarding fire safety. That is why all of our consultants come from an enforcement background and are fully IOSH accredited, so you can have absolute confidence in your fire risk assessment results.

At Armadillo Safety Solutions, we pride ourselves on ensuring that all of our clients receive the very best treatment with our superior customer service and aftercare. Our expert team of health and safety consultants in East Sussex and many other locations has helped many SMEs with our range of health and safety services and training to make the most informed decisions.

If you are interested in benefiting from a fire risk assessment in London, Essex or Kent, courtesy of our professional onsite health and safety services, please fill in our enquiry form or contact us directly. One of our team will get in touch with you.