Fire Systems – What is the true cost of your business fire protection plan?
Unfortunately, we’re hearing about the devastating affects of fires every week, which leads me to question how people perceive the value of fire systems and the true cost of business protection planning.
Simply google the term ‘large fire’ and the number of catastrophic fires destroying businesses and homes in the last month alone is alarming.
From the recent Darwen Waste & Recycling Centre to the Glasgow o2 School of Art destruction, or the closure of Euston Station at the Coffee House Pub and absolute devastation of Grenfell Tower; the personal and commercial loss to all involved cannot be entirely quantified.
Over 400 fire fighters were deployed to tackle these 4 fires alone and the distress caused to all involved lasts a lifetime.
Working in the fire industry can be somewhat baffling at times. It has become more apparent, there is a need to educate business owners, property designers and councils where priorities should lie when designing a building fit for purpose with appropriate fire systems.
When talking to decision makers, there seems to be a preference to spend more time and money on eye catching design and internal aesthetics, than practical fire systems, alarm and evacuation procedures that protect it.
Are we guilty of it in the industry ourselves offering ‘chrome style’ fire extinguishers, instead of red, to match the décor?
So, what is the true cost of Fire Systems and Protection?
When designing your fire systems, don’t fall into the trap of pricing the investment on the cost of installation, maintenance and training.
True cost should be based on the value of the assets you are protecting against loss. Whether it’s people, stock, infrastructure or equipment; ensure your prevention methods enable best protection and value against the risk of loss and disruption.
Do you have a risk strategy in place and what would be your business continuity plan? How much would it cost to commence the plan and what logistical headaches will you have to manoeuvre on the way?
Consider where your staff would work from. Consider how you can maintain contact with customers, suppliers and organisations supporting your through the crisis.
Consider where and how you would store capital infrastructure, stock and vital paperwork. Will there be PR and brand management involved?
Taking the basics mentioned above into account, do you have the flexibility in your business and is it really worth skimping on a quality fire systems infrastructure?
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Alert Fire and Security Managing Director Trevor Shanley wrote this article for his regular column in the Lancashire business publication LBV (Lancashire Business View) magazine.