Taking adequate precautions to guard against fire is without doubt one of the most important safety concerns anyone with responsibility for a commercial or other non-residential building needs to address. Business people in particular must bear in mind that as few as one in three businesses are able to continue trading in the event of a serious fire, ceasing operations either during the immediate aftermath or within three years.
As little as a decade ago, warehouses were seen as a quite separate entity within the overall supply chain. They were intended merely for storage of merchandise until it was transported to its final destination. In recent years, however, the business community has become aware of the true potential of a properly optimised, state of the art warehouse to both safeguard assets and improve efficiency.
At Contact Fire & Security, we work closely with technology providers to deliver integrated warehouse solutions which go far beyond simply providing a convenient and secure storage facility. Used in conjunction with more established security equipment such as CCTV and alarm technology, the systems we install can be used to fully optimise warehouse security and enhance vital operational functions including stock management, workflow, and order fulfilment.
While what works most effectively will of course vary, we find that the following strategies for improving both security and efficiency will be beneficial in most warehouse settings.
A recent study commissioned by the British Sprinkler Alliance (BSA) and conducted by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) revealed that, much to the detriment of the UK economy, £1 billion and 5,000 jobs were lost due to warehouse fires in Britain over a five year period. In terms of your own business, government statistics suggest that the chances of continuing to trade after a such an event are slim, with around 75% of businesses which have suffered a warehouse fire ceasing operation either immediately afterwards or within three years.
Why you need a Monitored Fire Alarm System
The case for installing fire alarms, therefore, couldn't be more clear-cut. Which fire alarm system you choose, however, depends on a number of factors such as the nature of the premises in question, how they are used, and any budget restrictions. One option to consider is whether to use standard or monitored fire alarms.
Achieving optimum security for your business requires a methodical approach which addresses a number of key elements, both in terms of the characteristics of the building itself and the way in which your business operates. A successful security strategy will utilise a range of different technologies and techniques to create an integrated system which is able to respond and adapt to security issues and threats on an ongoing basis.
While the specific warehouse security challenges your business faces will require a degree of prioritisation, during our many years in the industry we have identified a number of issues which have proved to be all but universal. In order to help you ensure that none of these are overlooked in your own warehouse security strategy, we've put together this straightforward, informative checklist.
False alarms undermine the reliability of your warehouse fire and security system, and can lead to financial losses due to the cost of actioning an appropriate response and potential disruptions to productivity. Therefore, while false alarms will always remain a possibility, it is advisable to minimise instances of this type to the greatest possible extent.
To assist you in implementing an effective false alarm prevention strategy, we have identified the following core concerns for you to consider while designing, updating or reviewing your own warehouse security system.
Fire safety is a concern that many still take lightly, yet the effects of a fire in either a commercial or domestic property can be devastating. A major fire in a business premises can result in both the loss of lives and result in the business having to cease operations. Taking fire safety seriously and ensuring that your building is protected to the highest standards can prevent unnecessary devastation. Statistics released by the government suggest nearly three quarters of businesses that are involved in a major fire incident never reopen again, or cease to exist within three years. This highlights the importance for advanced fire safety precautions in a business setting.
The government also suggests that a significant majority of large fires (67 percent), happen when buildings aren't in use. This signifies the need for businesses to implement and follow strict health and safety procedures when it comes to protecting staff, assets, and their organisation in general.
Equipping and managing a warehouse in order to deliver optimal fire prevention and safety levels requires a broad approach which employs a varied mix of technologies, strategies, and procedures. These include fire recognition and prevention solutions such as fire alarms/pagers and air sampling equipment, fire risk assessments, and fire suppression technology.
Warehouses can be subject to criminal activity. Staff working late at night not only have the standard health and safety concerns that are linked to warehouse operation, but face additional challenges against their own personal safety. Security systems should be at the heart of every health and safety plan, and ensuring all personnel are protected against intruders is paramount.
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Using technology to enhance your warehouse security
Given the fact that one of the primary purposes of a warehouses is to store or manufacturer products, equipment, or other valuable assets, it follows that security and fire protection will be a top priority for anyone with responsibility for a site of this kind.
Threats such as break-ins by professional criminals, opportunistic theft by the general public or members of staff, fire damage and other warehouse health and safety regulation issues, and vandalism must all be addressed as effectively as possible. Additionally, security technology such CCTV can also be used in an operational capacity to aid management and improve efficiency.
Designing and implementing a robust warehouse solutions and fire safety strategy which takes full advantage of all that the latest technology has to offer is a complex process which requires in depth analysis of the specific issues associated with the site in question. Implementing the most appropriate strategy for your own warehouse solutions will inevitably utilize a range of solutions, each with its own set of capabilities and features. The solutions at your disposal include security cameras or CCTV, security lighting, integrated security systems and fire safety systems, site access systems incorporating gates and barriers, and intruder and fire alarms.
In this guide, we outline all the security and fire safety options mentioned above, and explain how they might be best employed to provide optimum fire safety and security for your warehouse. To further expand on this, we also offer any interested party a detailed warehouse fire & security consultation ABSOLUTELY FREE. This will outline the most effective and efficient package to deliver a flexible and cost-effective fire and/or security solution which has been tailored to meet the unique challenges posed by your warehouse.
Workforce safety should be the first priority of all employers. This is especially true in a warehouse environment, where hazards such as heavy machinery, industrial racking and step ladders all have the potential to contribute to serious accidents. Safeguarding employees to the greatest extent possible is in everybody's interests.