Owning a business means more than offering goods and services to your clients. It also involves providing a safe working environment for your employees. One of the ways you meet that goal is by keeping your fire safety equipment up to date. Here are a few signs that it’s time to get rid of some of the older equipment and invest in something new.
The Technology is Old
There was a time when everything from the fire alarm equipment to the overhead sprinklers were state of the art. While everything still works, it’s not the best the market has to offer. There are more advanced options on the market today that offer more protection for your employees in the event a fire should develop. Now is a great time to learn more about the latest technology and compare it to what you have in place. The difference in efficiency and general quality may be all it takes to convince you that some changes are in order.
You are Spending More on Repairs
Over the last year or so, routine maintenance has not been enough to keep the alarms and other safety equipment in top shape. In fact, you seem to be spending more on repairs during the last six months than you did during the last couple of years.
Things are only going to escalate from this point. The frequency and cost of repairs will continue to rise. At some point, it will no longer be cost effective to spend the money. Why not talk with an expert now and explore ways that you can begin to remove the older equipment and replace it with something new? The up front cost will be offset by no longer having to deal with such frequent repairs.
You’ve Expanded the Facility
One of the things about operating a thriving business is that it’s easy to outgrow your space. When that happens, you end up adding on to the facility. Those new areas will need at least the same level of protection that the older ones have in place.
Now is a great time to review your overall fire safety plan and determine what sort of newer fire detection devices would make every square inch of the facility safer. Pair the detection devices with the right fire treatment equipment plus some additional safety lights and other elements while you are at it. Doing so will ensure that your employees have an excellent chance of getting to safety if a fire should occur.
Safety Standards are Changing
When was the last time you had a good look at the safety regulations that apply to your facility? The time to find out about those changes is not when an inspection takes place. Be proactive and stay on top of any changes to the local standards. You will find that the expense of updating your safety measures and equipment will ultimately be less than paying multiple fines.
If you have any concerns about your fire safety or protection equipment, now is the time to talk with an expert. One visit will be all it takes to determine what to keep, what to replace, and what to add.