Whatever the nature of your business, fire remains an ever-present risk. A fire could be caused by an accident in your kitchen, a stray spark from a piece of machinery or an electrical fault. While you can never entirely eliminate the risk that a fire will start, there is still a lot that you can do mitigate the damage that a fire could cause and to ensure that your response to a fire saves lives and limits the spread of the flames.
How to prevent a fire from spreading
When most people think of fire safety, they tend to think in terms of fire extinguishers, fire alarms and sprinkler systems. These are important to have when you want to respond to a fire that has already taken hold in your building, but fire safety needs to start before that. Fire safety must involve fire prevention as well as fire reaction.
The best way to resist fire is to build that resistance into your property through the materials you use in the fabric of the building. You can work with a company offering fire testing services to ensure that your building will resist the spread of a fire.
How can fire testing help?
When it comes to fire prevention, it is vital that your building has been fully tested and certified so you know exactly how it will react in the event of a fire. A fire testing company will be able to offer you objective fire safety expertise so that you can be confident that their impartial evaluation will give you all the data you need to keep your employees safe.
What does fire testing look like?
Working with a good fire testing company will offer you access to full consulting, research and testing facilities so that they can replicate a variety of fire scenarios to ensure that whatever you want to be tested can be comprehensively examined in terms of fire resistance and certified as appropriate. Items which you might want to be checked include all aspects of your construction including doors, walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, ducts and shutters. They will be tested for flame resistance, combustibility and air leakage so that you will know with confidence just what you need to do in the event of a fire.
A fire testing company should be able to provide you with a bespoke service that takes into account the specific needs of your company and the circumstances under which your business operates.