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Choosing The Right Professional Fire Alarm Installers For Your Home Or Business

Updated on January 9, 2014

Choosing The Right Fire Alarm Installer

Choosing the right fire alarm installer for your home or business is a major consideration which should not be taken lightly.

Make sure you ask the right questions and check references before deciding on the right company for you.

Don't let your home or business become a casualty of fire, seek out advice from the top professionals today.

Fire Alarm Company
Fire Alarm Company

Questions To Ask A Professional Fire Alarm Installer

The main purpose of having a fire alarm installed in your home or place of business, is to save lives and prevent serious injury. So it is vitally important that the company you choose to install your fire alarm system is the right one for your needs.

Whether you are wanting a fire alarm system for your home or business premises (or indeed, home-office), you should look to employ an experienced, safety-accredited company, one that can offer customised fire alarm solutions at the most cost-effective price.

But with so many fire alarm installers advertising their services online these days, how do you know whether you are getting a reliable service that provides great value for money?

Here are some things you may want to ask your potential supplier/ installer:

How long has your company been in business?

Are you experienced with residential premises / businesses of my size?

How reasonable are your costs?

I already have a fire alarm system installed - can you upgrade it? Maintain it?

Do all your systems comply with the latest Safety Standards your country requires?

Can you provide a remote fire monitoring service for my business premises?

Are you a member of any professional organisations?

What do your customers say about you? Can you provide references from satisfied customers?

Do you offer a Guarantee of Satisfaction?

Why should I choose you over an alternative company?

Whatever criteria you use to determine which fire alarm installations company you will ultimately employ, you need to be confident of making the right choice first time. After all, you will be placing your trust in your chosen fire safety experts to deliver protection to your loved ones and the things in life that are most precious to you.

You shouldn't think of your fire alarm installation as a one-off purchase either; but rather as a long-term investment that will need to be continually maintained to ensure its efficiency. Therefore you need to think of your fire detection company as a trusted 'partner' who will work alongside you for the foreseeable future, ensuring human safety and regulations' compliance.

Choosing a reliable, knowledgeable, and 'value for money' fire alarm installer is not something you should rush into. But rather take the time to find the most professional outfit for your requirements. Any professional company will put your needs first and will be delighted to answer your questions and provide reassurances and references.

Partnering with the right fire alarm installer could turn out to be one of the wisest decisions you make, so choose wisely.

Electrical Contractors
Electrical Contractors

How to Keep Electrical Systems Safe and Efficient

If you own any kind of business - large or small - or manage an organisation, you will have to be responsible for maintenance. Or you may sit on a board of a company and have to see that company health and safety policies are up to legal standard. Alternatively, it may be that someone within your organisation is responsible for maintenance.

Ideally, you will have a comprehensive maintenance programme or plan that is managed either on or offline. This plan must detail the ways in which you will oversee and implement the management of maintenance and repair of floors, roofs, heating, electrical systems and, in fact, all aspects of the building - both internally and externally.

Electrical system safety is particularly important because it is in use all the time and any faults or breakages can result in loss of productivity, damage, fire, severe injury of in the worst case scenario, death.

In the United Kingdom the government has set for laws, codes and regulations that govern and regulate the care and management of these systems. Any organisation or business that employs people is required to maintain every single piece of wiring in its building. The wiring must be managed on all of its premises too. This means that if an organisation has small, external out buildings, parking areas with lighting or other electrically powered systems, or sporting facilities with spotlight systems, they must be monitored and maintained. The purpose is to ensure safety but also that wiring complies with codes and regulations.

According to The Electricity At Work Regulations the law in the U.K. says that every single electrical system has to be maintained so that it is in a safe condition. Any system that uses energy can pose a risk of danger during normal operation or when there is a fault can be classed as dangerous and therefore the organisation is responsible for repair or replacement.

Within the EWR code, regulation 4(2) says that "All systems (are) to be maintained so as to prevent, so fare as is reasonably practicable, danger." A system is defined as any wiring of an electrical installation and all things connected to that wiring and installation.

The best way to manage this requirement is to ensure that you have a regular fixed wire testing programme in place.

The reason why this kind of inspection is so important is that because, like anything that is used regularly, electrical systems and installations will wear with use. Eventually, over a period of time, these things will deteriorate ad perhaps even become damaged. Things like buttons, switches, plugs, sockets and seals can become worn. Some people can be quite rough or tough on these things and they might break. Some industrial settings will use substances and chemicals which may be in the atmosphere and may cause things to corrode and wear more quickly.

Construction sites and factories will have electrical tools and equipment that will sustain heavy use on a day to day basis. The constant switching on and switching off of tools, machines and equipment will result in in faster wear. Picking things up and placing them down multiple times in a short period of time will also increase wear.

It is important to remember that when it comes to electricity, this form of energy always finds the easiest path to earth. Faults and/or weaknesses in an electric devices or in portable appliances may not be evident. Should another fault develop there could be a risk of fire. More seriously, the fault could lead to electric shock or death. Fixed wiring testing will accurately identify faults, their locations and usually the recommended solution.

In addition to keeping lives safe and free form injury, another reason for fixed wire testing is that many insurance companies now stipulate that testing and inspections should occur regularly. If someone has an accident with electrical equipment or wiring on your premises and if you are found guilty because of negligence, it may be that you have committed a criminal offence. In this kind of scenario if, under law, you or your organisation are found guilty, you will be deemed to have committed a criminal offence. In such a case it is highly unlikely that an insurance company will pay fines or compensation suffered resulting from a criminal offence.

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