Fire hazards always tend to be on the increase during the colder winter months. Christmas decorations, candles, open fires and electric heaters all add to the risks.
With this in mind, your premises management should ensure their staff members fully understand the functions of the fire alarm system. It is quite normal for management to delegate the responsibility for the system but ultimately the premises management are still liable should the worse happen.
How well do you know your fire alarm panel?
- Can you easily interrogate the source of the alarm when the system activates? For example, if the activation is in the basement kitchen? Is this clear from the zone plan or panel text description?
- Do you know how to mute, silence and reset your control panel?
- Do you understand the lights on the control panel and the importance of investigating all fault conditions?
- What are the consequences of the fire panel activating
- Is it connected to dial out the fire brigade?
- Will it cause the kitchen gas supply to shut off?
- Will it unlock door entry systems?
- Does the PA system or Air conditioning system shutdown?
I would encourage you to make it your responsibility regardless of your position in the company or organisation, take an interest, ask questions, find out what happens if the system activates.
If you have any questions or need some assistance, please contact me, I’m always happy to help.