Preventive maintenance for fire safety

Preventive maintenance and fire safety can help to save lives. An effective PPM schedule should include a thorough examination of fire hazards...
Preventive maintenance for fire safety
Written by
Tom O'neill
Published on
April 12, 2023

Preventing a fire

Employers and building managers have a duty to ensure their premises are protected from the risk of fires. Fires can be ignited by heaters, lighters, electrical equipment and lighting and businesses need to be able to produce a fire risk assessment and keep it up to date.

"Most fires are preventable." 

-Health and safety executive.

A risk assessment will determine what needs to be protected in order to reduce the risks of a fire. Preventing a fire from being ignited is the crucial first step to fire safety and this can be done by ensuring flammable substances are kept separate from sources of ignition or to keep on top of cleaning and maintenance.

The importance of preventive maintenance

As stated above, fire prevention is crucial and one method of ensuring your businesses are prepared is through preventive maintenance. Preventive maintenance is a recurring or regular inspection of assets to ensure their safe operation and regular upkeep. Not only does preventive maintenance increase asset lifetime but it also helps to ensure assets are safe.

Preventive maintenance for fire safety

An effective preventive maintenance schedule will ensure checks are complete on all potential fire hazards. Fire hazards can include: 

  • Cooking equipment 
  • Electrical faults
  • Boilers
  • Electrical circuits
  • Overheating machinery 

A preventive maintenance schedule should include all potential fire hazards in the premise and outline a timeframe in which each hazard or asset is to be inspected. For example:

  • Weekly fire alarm inspection
  • Daily check of fire escapes and routes
  • Regular inspections of fire safety equipment (ie. Fire extinguishers)

Effective preventive maintenance can save lives. FaultFixers has developed powerful preventive maintenance capabilities where maintenance and facilities teams can ensure their PPMs are kept up-to-date and remain consistent. 

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