Fire safety systems keep people and property protected, so it’s hardly surprising that the rules and regulations surrounding those systems are rigorous and strictly adhered to.
TEC Fire & Security in Bedfordshire not only helps clients meet stringent safety guidelines, but its specialist team also offers assistance in assessing risks, ensuring the systems in place meet the building’s requirements, systems and equipment are maintained and tested regularly, and that all those who need to be are trained to react, and do so promptly and efficiently.
Richard Mitchell heads up the company’s Fire Safety team, which provides fire risk assessments and training for fire wardens, as well as the installation and maintenance of fire alarm systems, extinguishers and fire blankets, fire signage and emergency lighting, and fire door and fire hydrant safety checks.
“From the first Fire Risk Assessment we work with the client to ensure they have whatever they need in place to make the building safe in the event of a fire. Every business needs a Fire Risk Assessment and to have a Responsible Person in charge of fire safety. We work with that person to make sure they know exactly what their responsibilities are and ensure that they have the right equipment and systems in place to carry out that role properly.”
Each business has its own specific needs, but the TEC Fire & Security approach is to find a solution to any premises or conditions that arise – as the team’s work within a local food company illustrates.
When TEC Fire & Security was awarded the fire alarm maintenance contract at a vegetable storage, packaging and distribution facility, there already existed a good fire alarm system that was well installed.
However, as is often the case with this kind of chilled warehouse storage, moisture and condensation often results in false activations and creates regular problems. As a major seven day a week operation, the client processes a huge tonnage of produce and any triggering of the alarm system, without good cause, delays production.
In May 2018, a refrigerated trailer parked near one of the warehouses caught light due to a fault within the refrigeration unit and the warehouse and its loading docks were destroyed.
As part of the process of rebuilding, the client, took the opportunity to upgrade a number of areas of their operation and called on TEC to complete an in-depth review of the company’s needs both immediate and for the foreseeable future.
Richard specified a state-of-the-art air sampling smoke detection system, choosing Wagner as the supply partner of choice. An air sampling system gives a much earlier warning than conventional detectors, reducing the risk and generating an earlier reaction to fire, minimising damage. Due to the inbuilt technology, false alarms are eliminated as the system distinguishes the difference between smoke and dust, dirt and exhaust gases.
Another advantage for the client is that the broad operating parameters means the detectors can be used at temperatures as low as -40°C and up as high as 60°C, while the system is unobtrusive, with the air sampling points virtually invisible and the detection sensory processors installed out of sight, such as in the ceiling void.
Richard added: “Different companies have different needs, but with the right expert advice, we can find a system that is suitable for their working environment, working with the client to reduce the amount intrusion and hassle, and the loss of productivity that goes with that, without compromising on the safety of those in the building.”
Find out more about TEC Fire & Security on 01234 345117 or visit www.tecfireandsecurity.co.uk