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Fire Risk Assessments

Fire Risk Assessments

Our Inspection Services Include Fire Safety Inspections and Security Inspections In Essex & The South East

As a business owner, manager, or landlord in the UK, it’s your responsibility to ensure the fire safety of your commercial premises. You might need a fire extinguisher inspection for your home, or a full fire risk assessment to ensure you are fulfilling all your legal obligations. Our inspection services include a site survey, to look at your security requirements and design you a security system specifically for your business.

Fire Risk Assessment Report

Comply with London’s Safety Regulations with First Ford LTD’s Fire Risk Assessment Report.

Ensuring the safety of your Essex property is not just a precaution, it’s a legal requirement.
First Ford LTD is here to help you comply with legislation through comprehensive fire risk assessment reports in Essex and beyond.
Our detailed reports help identify potential hazards, protect people at risk, and outline emergency procedures.

Firstford Ltd enjoys a stellar reputation in the fire and security company’s; we are now run by Nick Shoesmith and Darren Murphy, who together possess over 55 years’ experience in these sectors.

Over the years, the company has gained important industry accreditation with regard to fire alarm design, installation, maintenance, and commissioning, in addition to simply becoming a highly trusted independent company for those in need of a fire risk assessment around London and Essex .

Of no less value, however, is our considerable knowhow and experience in fire risk assessments themselves. This is why, when our engineer visits your premises, you can expect them to examine a broad range of aspects, encompassing the likes of your property’s emergency routes and exits, fire detection and warning systems, firefighting equipment, and so much more.

What is the legal background of fire risk assessments?

The legal duty for the ‘responsible person’ for a given non-domestic property to arrange for a fire risk assessment to be carried out, is contained within the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

As for the ‘responsible person’, you will be the person responsible for fire safety of your home, the owner of the property, the landlord, or an occupier. Anyone else who has control of the given premises – such as a facilities manager, building manager, managing agent or risk assessor – will also have ‘responsible person’ status.

Multiple people can effectively be ‘responsible persons’ for a particular premises – so if this is the case at your site, you will need to work together to ensure compliance with the law.

Carrying out a fire risk assessment is not just a legal duty

While you may initially enquire to Firstford Ltd with an interest in arranging a fire risk assessment around Essex so that you can fulfil your legal obligations, this is far from the only good reason to have an FRA carried out.

After all, if you are an employer, you also have a moral duty to help protect your workers from the risk of harm on-site – and an FRA makes financial sense, too, in allowing you to better protect your home.

As the ‘responsible person’ for your site, you should value an FRA as a ‘snapshot’ of the current level of fire safety protection at your premises, and an indication of precisely how safe occupants of the building would be if a fire was to break out.

The information and insights provided by the FRA will then guide your subsequent efforts to put in place the right fire safety arrangements. Such measures will need to include providing and maintaining clear means of escape on the premises, as well as signs, notices, emergency lighting, sufficient numbers of fire extinguishers, and fire alarm and detection equipment.

Here at Firstford Ltd, we do not serve merely London, but also the broader South East of England with renowned fire safety equipment and services.

Indeed, the first step of your journey with us may well be to request a fire risk assessment, so that you can better ascertain the current state of fire safety at your home, and make well-informed subsequent decisions.

One of those subsequent steps could be fire alarm installation in London – and when you turn to us, you can soon be benefitting from the knowhow of a company run by Darren Murphy and Nick Shoesmith, who together possess more than half a century’s experience in the fire and security industries.

Indeed, our design and engineering teams are qualified in line with the British Standard: BS 5839, which relates to fire detection and alarm systems for buildings.

By this measure, a ‘competent person’ is someone who possesses a good level of technical knowledge, as well as an understanding of the various types, makes and models of fire alarms and their functionality.

Free Site Survey

Fire alarm safety encompasses lots of elements – including training building occupants in fire safety, conducting fire drills and making evacuation plans, and installing and maintaining fire safety equipment. The latter encompasses such elements as extinguishers, sprinkler systems, emergency lighting, fire hose reels, and fire alarms.

Here at Firstford Ltd, we recommend our free site survey to assess your needs before any maintenance begins.

Why do I need fire alarm servicing?

Most people understand that having a fire alarm is a safety essential. However, what many people underestimate is the need to have these systems regularly maintained and serviced. Even more importantly, if you are the owner, manager, or landlord of a home in the UK, you are legally responsible for the fire safety of the premises, and this includes regular maintenance.

Fire Code Guidance, British Standard 5839, states that fire alarm systems must have a full service to ensure the alarm is working properly and to pick up any faults or problems that could prevent fire safety in an emergency. This is an essential step to BS5829 compliance.

Think about a standard office building – including how many people occupy it, how many materials are used, and how much waste is created. It doesn’t necessarily take long for a fire alarm to become clogged with dirty particles and dust, making it less likely to detect traces of smoke and heat. A dirty fire alarm can also cause false alarms, as the machine becomes less reliable when it comes to analysing matter.

If you have had your fire alarm for a while, a service can help check the age of your system – it may need some modernising. Alarm systems are becoming increasingly safe, secure, and sophisticated, so it may be time for an upgrade. A fire alarm service is the best way to find out if your system has any hidden flaws.

Last but certainly not least, many insurance providers require you to regularly maintain your system in order to validate your cover.

Want to book a FREE, no obligation site survey? Get in touch for a bespoke quote.

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How does it work?
How does it work?

If you decide we’re the supplier for you, we provide service contracts on a rolling 12-month contract. There’s no tie in, as we are confident that our service will ensure you are happy to continue working with us without the contractual obligation.

At the start of your contract, we will provide you with a fire logbook free of charge. When our engineer visits for a fire alarm service, they will test your system and discuss any issues with you before filling out this logbook – leaving you with a written report for your records. If our engineer has recommended any remedial works, we will try our best to have a quote emailed to you by the following day for your sign-off.

If we’ve done new installation work for you, we can also offer service packages to run alongside the warranty period, which includes being able to take over an existing contract and maintain your fire alarm system to a market-leading standard.

Get started by contacting our friendly team.

Why trust Firstford Ltd?
Why trust Firstford Ltd?

At our helm are Nick Shoesmith and Darren Murphy, who collectively have over 55 years of experience in the fire and security industry. The company have grown massively over the years to become industry accredited experts in all things fire alarm design, installation, maintenance, and commissioning.

Why do I need fire alarm servicing?
Why do I need fire alarm servicing?

Most people understand that having a fire alarm is a safety essential. However, what many people underestimate is the need to have these systems regularly maintained and serviced. Even more importantly, if you are the owner, manager, or landlord of a home in the UK, you are legally responsible for the fire safety of the premises, and this includes regular maintenance.

Fire Code Guidance, British Standard 5839, states that fire alarm systems must have a full service to ensure the alarm is working properly and to pick up any faults or problems that could prevent fire safety in an emergency. This is an essential step to BS5829 compliance.

Think about a standard office building – including how many people occupy it, how many materials are used, and how much waste is created. It doesn’t necessarily take long for a fire alarm to become clogged with dirty particles and dust, making it less likely to detect traces of smoke and heat. A dirty fire alarm can also cause false alarms, as the machine becomes less reliable when it comes to analysing matter.

No matter the type of property, we understand the differing needs of our customers, and strive to obtain optimum safety alongside an exceptional level of customer service. We don’t just service London either, as we cover the broader South East area and Essex.

Your questions answered

This standard recommends that organisations have their premises, facilities, and equipment – including their fire alarms – regularly maintained by a competent person at least twice a year.

We take pride in being very much that company here at Firstford Ltd. Our capabilities extend to the full design and installation of every possible size and type of fire alarm system that you might reasonably request for your commercial premises.

And don’t forget that even once we have agreed on the right fire alarm system for your buildings and carried out the installation, choosing us means that all your equipment will be covered by warranty. Furthermore, if you require any ongoing technical support, we have a 24-hour advice line that will give you exactly this. These are simply further measures to help ensure your peace of mind.

Yes, existing fire alarm systems can often be upgraded to incorporate newer technologies and meet changing requirements. A professional assessment of your current system can determine the feasibility of an upgrade and identify any necessary modifications to enhance its performance and effectiveness.

There are various types of fire alarm systems, including conventional, addressable, and wireless systems. Conventional systems divide a building into zones and indicate the general location of the fire. Addressable systems provide specific information about each device’s location, making it easier to identify the exact source of the fire. Wireless systems offer flexibility without the need for extensive wiring.

A fire alarm system is crucial for the safety of your business, employees, and customers. It detects the presence of fire and alerts occupants, allowing them to evacuate promptly and notify emergency services. Early detection and quick response are vital in minimizing damage and potentially saving lives.

A fire alarm system is a vital safety measure that detects the presence of fire or smoke in a building. It promptly alerts occupants through audible or visual alarms, allowing for a swift evacuation and quick response from emergency personnel. Its components include detectors, control panels, and alarms, working together to provide early warning and protect lives during fire emergencies.

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    How often should fire alarm be serviced

    This standard recommends that organisations have their premises, facilities, and equipment – including their fire alarms – regularly maintained by a competent person at least twice a year.