Fire Safety Services
Staying on top of fire safety is essential for any workplace, but making sure that you’ve ticked every box can be a difficult task. Tempus can take away that stress and instead shoulder responsibility for fire safety in your building. From full fire alarm testing to maintenance and repairs of fire safety equipment, we can ensure that your building complies with health and safety regulations at all times.
Fire Risk Assessments
In recent years, fire safety has become a more important topic in the UK. Making sure that buildings are fully compliant with fire safety regulations is crucial in keeping occupants safe in an emergency situation. Performing an extensive and thorough fire risk assessment is the best way to ensure you have everything necessary in place to respond to a fire.
It can be daunting to attempt to read through and understand all of the fire safety regulations, especially when you have a business to run and customers to attend to. This is where Tempus can help. We can help to cut through the complex regulations for you and provide you with a clear, easy to understand breakdown of your responsibilities and requirements.
Our in-depth fire risk assessments will ensure that your building has reached the highest standards of health and safety. With years of experience, our team can meet your exact needs and work closely with you to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation.
Fire Alarm Systems
It’s essential for organisations to make sure their building is fully compliant with the current fire safety regulations. Regulations state that a ‘competent person’ should carry out alarm testing, but a fire safety specialist should carry out a more comprehensive test every six months.
By enlisting the services of a trustworthy facilities management company, you will have peace of mind that your fire alarm systems are fully functional and compliant with fire safety regulations. Taking the risk of being non-compliant isn’t worth it as you could face heavy fines, penalties and even prosecution. Furthermore, it could lead to an incident that puts lives at risk.
Here at Tempus, we go above and beyond. If any issues arise, our experienced team will quickly and safely deal with the problem to make sure health and safety compliance is met at all times. We also operate a 24/7/365 Helpdesk, which means we can provide around-the-clock emergency support for your building.
Emergency lighting systems
Emergency lighting systems are put in place to provide lighting when normal electrical lighting fails because of a power cut or a fire. In this situation, emergency lighting systems would provide illumination that would allow occupants to safely find an exit route or access crucial equipment.
Without emergency lighting, a sudden plunge into darkness could cause occupants to become panicked and be a danger to others and themselves. This is particularly the case if they work in an environment with hazards, such as heavy objects or dangerous machinery.
As part of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, all non-domestic buildings must have emergency lighting. Depending on the size of your building, how many exits you have and the size of your workforce, you may need to scale up your emergency lighting to provide sufficient coverage. Here at Tempus, we can help you to meet the requirements of the Fire Safety Order and ensure compliance at all times.
Disabled Refuge Systems
Disabled refuge systems provide two-way communication to refuge areas (specific areas of buildings that are deemed to be safe in emergency situations). Current regulations state that all new buildings with more than one storey must provide refuge areas for those who are not easily able to escape in emergency situations. Once in the refuge areas, occupants will be able to call for help and wait for assistance.
Also known as Emergency Voice Communication Systems, this form of communication is essential in providing aid to disabled individuals in worst-case scenarios. It allows building managers and rescue teams to communicate with those in the refuge area and plan an evacuation route to safely get them out.
Tempus can supply, install, repair, and upgrade a range of disabled refuge systems in your building. Regular maintenance of these systems is now a legal requirement. We can provide this maintenance at your convenience, making sure that we visit your site during idle hours. As our Helpdesk operates 24/7/365, we’ll always be available to provide you with emergency support if any of your systems fail or malfunction.
Fire Extinguishers and Blankets
Fire extinguishers, blankets and other safety equipment are an essential part of safeguarding your premises and complying with health and safety regulations. This equipment can play an integral role in case of an emergency, and the consequences of a faulty fire extinguisher or a missing fire safety blanket could be devastating.
Tempus can provide regular checks and maintenance of your fire safety equipment. This servicing will make sure everything is up to date, maintained properly and compliant with fire safety regulations. We perform planned preventative maintenance with minimal disruption to your business, making sure we proactively prevent assets from breaking down.
Smoke Ventilation and Automatic Opening Vents (AOVs)
Smoke vents are openings that allow for smoke and hot air to escape. Typically windows or skylights, these vents automatically open when they detect smoke or fire. They play a crucial role in controlling the ventilation in a building and preventing a build-up of smoke that could seriously harm occupants who are waiting to be rescued.
AOV systems are usually coupled with an alarm or smoke detection system. When the alarm is triggered, the vent or window will open and allow ventilation to begin. Because the AOV relies on the smoke detector, it’s essential that the smoke detector is regularly serviced to make sure that it’s working properly.
Many smoke detectors go for long periods of time without use, which means that if they are faulty there’s no way of knowing they aren’t working. This is why regular maintenance is so important. We can make sure that your smoke detectors and AOVs will be working properly in case you really need them.
Fire Door Inspections
Just like you should regularly check the battery of your smoke alarm, you should also check your fire doors to make sure they’re functioning as intended. Any slight obstruction or alteration to the door could affect its functionality. In an emergency situation, a jammed or difficult-to-open fire door could be the difference between life and death.
Article 17 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO/FSO) makes it a legal requirement to ensure that fire resisting doors and escape doors are correctly installed and adequately maintained in order for them to be fit for purpose.
Tempus can make sure that not just your fire doors, but all of your safety exit routes are regularly checked to comply with health and safety regulations. As part of our planned preventative maintenance, we can deliver thorough, site-wide inspections to ensure that your premises are safe and are not breaching any legislation.
Fire sprinkler systems are simple but essential components of a building’s fire protection system. When it detects a fire, the system automatically discharges water that is held under pressure in a network of pipes throughout a building. While these systems are simple, they are composed of multiple components, which means servicing them regularly to make sure each part is working properly is crucial to the overall functionality of the system.
Tempus can regularly check your sprinkler systems to make sure they are working properly. This includes the servicing and maintenance of each individual component. As we can take care of this entire process, it means you won’t need to call individual contractors to your site. We can provide you with an all-in-one solution, meaning you can leave it entirely in our hands while you focus on your business.
Fire Suppression systems
Fire suppression systems extinguish, contain or sometimes entirely prevent fires by releasing a substance once a fire has been detected. Depending on the building in question, fire suppression systems might release different substances to handle the fire.
For example, industrial plants are hazardous, so the system might release dry chemicals to suppress the fire. In non-hazardous environments, the systems might instead release CO2 to extinguish a fire, which is more cost-effective and easier to clean up.
Fire suppression systems can be highly effective in preventing fires but must be configured correctly to work as intended in their environment. Tempus can help you to set up a fire suppression system and make sure it’s ready for use. With years of experience providing fire safety services to buildings in a range of industries, we have the knowledge and expertise to make sure your site is compliant with health and safety regulations.
Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA) are laser-based smoke detection systems. VESDA systems are one of the most advanced smoke detection systems in the fire safety industry. This system works by continuously drawing in air that is passed through a filter. This air is exposed to a laser light source, which will instantly identify when smoke is present and communicate this information to a fire alarm control panel.
These VESDA systems use cutting-edge technology to provide excellent protection against fires and smoke inhalation. Here at Tempus, we can use our experience of managing buildings to strategically place your VESDA in a position that provides maximum coverage. We can also provide regular maintenance and servicing to make sure that your VESDA system, along with your other fire safety equipment, is working properly.