Fire Safety Equipment – The Essentials For Site Protection
According to HSE, it can take 30 minutes from the alarm being raised for a fire to spread, in which time much of the damage has already been done.
Here at Bull, our ambition is to ensure your site has all the correct fire safety equipment so that you’re fully prepared in any emergency. Here are the essential fire safety products you should invest in to ensure a safe site and in turn, provide maximum protection for your workers.
Each year, there are 40,000 fires in the workplace, which can put the lives of workers at risk but using the wrong type of fire extinguisher can also have major consequences. Not only can it maximise the spread of a fire, it can cause major damage to a site and equipment, thus costing companies millions of pounds to repair the damage.
According to our recent survey, more than 38% of workers are using the wrong fire extinguisher on an electrical fire, while 10% would use a foam extinguisher to put out an electrical fire.
Using the correct fire safety equipment is of utmost importance, and it’s crucial that health and safety managers train workers so that everyone on site is aware and understands what type of fire extinguishers to use and in what situation.
Remember, extinguishers should be appropriate to the nature of the potential fire:
- Wood, paper and cloth – water extinguisher
- Flammable liquids – dry powder or foam extinguisher
- Electrical – carbon dioxide (C02) extinguisher
Fire alarms and smoke detectors
Intended to protect people and safeguard properties, smoke detectors work by generating an alarm before the spread of a fire, whilst heat detectors are intended to minimise property damage by reacting to the change in temperature caused by a fire.
No matter how small or large your site is, it’s important to have the appropriate fire alarms and detectors in place to protect workers.
Depending on the nature of the work being carried out and the risks on site, there are different types of fire alarms that may be suitable.
A major innovation in wireless emergency fire, first aid and intruder alarms for construction sites, our Cygnus Wireless Alarm System is designed to offer the ultimate in performance and reliability. Suitable for large scale developments, the system is able to link 480 individual units in 15 different zones.
Fire protection trolleys and stands
Having the necessary fire safety equipment on site is imperative but it’s equally important to ensure it is stored in a safe place.
By having trolleys and stands on site, your site will remain tidy and ensure all your equipment can be conveniently stored in one place so that workers can easily access the equipment. At Bull, we supply a range of trolleys and stands that can be moved around your site with ease, so no matter what your requirements, we can design a stand exactly to your specification.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that ‘all workplaces must have adequate safety signs to point people towards fire-fighting equipment, emergency routes and emergency exits’.
Safety signs are important communication tools and ensure your workers are aware of fire hazards and risks and can act immediately in an emergency. With our range of fire signage, you can ensure your site is protected to the highest measures.
Fire protection experts
At Bull, we supply the building and construction industry with purpose-made, reliable, specialist fire safety equipment.
We pride ourselves on the expertise we give to help businesses meet their legal fire safety obligations. We are always happy to discuss the options available and how our products and services can help meet the needs of individual businesses.
For more information and advice about our building site products, talk to one of our team of knowledgeable and friendly advisors on 01432 806806 / firstname.lastname@example.org
July 29, 2021
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