A business is susceptible to fires for several reasons. There are long stretches of time where no people are in the building, and that means there is no one to detect a problem before it gets out of hand. Unless a business has a fire alarm, it can burn for some time before firefighters were alerted. Insurance companies do not like to insure businesses that are without an alarm system. Businesses with fire alarm systems need to check them regularly.
Importance of Fire Alarm Testing
According to Security Control Systems, fire is a potential danger that threatens small, medium, and large businesses, and that means that testing your fire alarm system is critical. In offices where there is a lot of paper and electronic equipment, a fire can spread rapidly. In large factories they have a lot of electrical equipment and may also have many chemicals on hand. If you have not had a risk assessment done on your business, don’t put it off. You also need to have regular fire alarm testing on the calendar.
Your city may have a fire assessment requirement in place for businesses of a certain size. It’s important to learn the local laws when you startup a business. Being out of compliance can be a costly venture. Insurance companies also expect their policy holders to carry out risk assessments and alarm testing. If you have a fire and have not complied with the terms of you policy, you may find you are in trouble when you put in a claim.
Safety of Lives
According to MAC Systems, your fire alarm system needs to be tested because your employee’s lives depend on it. You cannot know if there is a problem in the system if it is not tested regularly. You can have peace of mind knowing that in the event of a fire, it will help save the lives of your employees and any other people in the building.
Avoid False Alarms
By testing your system regularly, you will reduce the number of nuisance alarms your system sends out. Some cities charge expensive fines if a system calls out their fire department on a false alarm because it ties up equipment and manpower that may be needed for a real fire. Additionally it takes up valuable time and costs considerable money to cover a false alarm.
Don’t take chances. Comply with all city, state, and insurance regulations, and let your employees know they have a safe place to work.