It is the responsibility of property owners to ensure that their commercial or industrial facilities meet the fire safety requirements and standards set by the government. In addition, they also need to meet other requirements like building codes, insurance company requirements and others. With all these in place, you’d think that you’ve got everything covered. However, will complying with these codes and standards be enough?
In general, code compliance should be enough to allow you to obtain the required licenses and permits. However, there will be instances when extra steps may be necessary to enhance overall fire safety in your facility. These extra steps can be achieved by working with experts in fire designs in Sydney.
Most fire designs will be implemented during the construction phase. At this point, it is important to consult with a fire design expert to ensure that you get everything done right from the beginning. For those who have older facilities, a replacement or an upgrade to their existing fire design is often the only solution. In such circumstances, one must still make sure that renovations, retrofits or any upgrades are still within the requirements and standards set by the government.
But whether it’s the construction phase or an upgrade, property owners must also bear other considerations in mind aside from those that are set by the authorities. They should think about business-related activities and goals that may not be met with their old fire safety design.
For instance, will the new or upgraded fire design provide better fire prevention measures? Will it result to fewer false alarms? What about maintenance? Will it be easier to maintain than the old system? IF the answers to these questions are yes, then the upgrade is more than worth it.
Another important factor is scalability. Property owners will also need to think about the future of their business and how the fire design will fit into the big picture. For instance, will the design still be relevant after the facility undergoes various upgrades and renovations?
Codes and standards set by the authorities’ hope to address the general issues concerning fire hazards in the workplace. However, they cannot possibly anticipate and address every fire hazard that may arise. That said, it is always better to go above and beyond code compliance. This is especially true for businesses in unique industries and businesses operating in unique environments.
If you are still in the construction phase of your property or are planning an upgrade to your existing fire designs and detection system, consider enlisting the help of professionals from Prime Fire. Our experts can provide you with fully customized solution that will suit your unique needs. Call us up at 1300 590 510 or leave a message in contact page for more information about our services.