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.
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.
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.