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The True Cost of Neglecting Fire Prevention in Commercial Properties

Failing to prioritise methods of fire safety within your commercial property could be catastrophic, putting life at risk as well as significant damage to your business’s reputation and assets. Both active and passive fire protection are essential in protecting the integrity of your reputation, commercial space, and its structure. Fire protection methods ensure your building and its occupants are equipped should a fire break out, reducing the damages and implications should an emergency arise.  We’ll explore the risks associated with fire safety neglect with real-life examples. 

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Implications of Neglecting Fire Regulations for Commercial Properties 

  • Financial losses – financial implications caused by fire damage could be detrimental to your business, and you could risk losing your business altogether. Repair and rebuilding costs as well as general business interruption as part of the re-build process could slow your business turnaround time after a fire. As a property owner, you could be liable for both legal fees and compensation claims if the fire broke out or spread due to negligence or failure to comply with fire safety regulations within your commercial property. 
  • Reputational damage – it’s not just structural damage you’d need to worry about. Damage to your business’s reputation could be severe following the backlash or publicity after a business fire. Customer and employee trust could be impacted as well as future business prospects. 
  • Legal consequences – failure to comply with fire safety regulations could mean hefty legal fees and possible criminal charges. Fire safety training, fire safety equipment, and measures are legal requirements. It’s important your building is equipped with fire prevention measures to minimise the risk to life and the repercussions of neglect.  

Real-Life Fire Safety Neglection: Why You Need To Prioritise Fire Prevention  

Grenfell Tower Fire (2017)

This tragic incident in London claimed the lives of 72 residents. The fire’s rapid spread was attributed to several factors, including inadequate fire cladding, a lack of compartmentation within the building, and faulty fire doors. The fire left devastation in its path and thus led to widespread scrutiny of fire safety regulations and building practices in the UK.

Cameron House Hotel Fire (2015)

A fire at this hotel in Loch Lomond, Scotland, resulted in the deaths of two guests and injured several others. The Cameron Houe blaze was found to have originated from a faulty electrical socket and spread quickly due to a lack of fire doors and compartmentation within the building. This case highlighted the importance of regular electrical safety inspections and proper fire compartmentation.

Poundland Store Fire (2019)

A fire at a Poundland store in Croydon, South London, caused extensive damage and forced the evacuation of nearby buildings. The fire was believed to have originated from faulty refrigeration units, emphasising the need for proper maintenance of equipment and fire safety training for staff.

Fire Regulations For Commercial Buildings

Fire Risk Assessments 

Building owners, employers, or occupants must ensure a fire risk assessment has been carried out. It’s important to appoint a “responsible person” to ensure that fire safety measures and risk assessments are carried out, identifying potential fire hazards, and assessing the risks posed to building occupants. Detailed fire risk assessment records must be kept 

Fire Prevention Measures

As a result of the fire risk assessment, appropriate fire safety measures should be implemented to ensure risks are appropriately mitigated and avoided at all costs. Both active and passive fire safety measures here are essential including fire alarms, extinguishers, fire doors and escape routes, lighting, plans, and signage. Passive fire safety fire protection methods include passive protection methods designed to reduce and slow the spread of fire and smoke within a building.

Fire Safety Training 

It’s essential that all building occupants be trained in fire safety including building escape routes and procedures, fire extinguisher training, location of emergency fire safety equipment, and basic fire safety principles. 

Passive Fire Protection Installation with Fire Immunity

At Fire Immunity, we’re passionate about protecting lives and property through expert passive fire protection solutions. Our dedicated team combines extensive knowledge and a commitment to quality to deliver reliable, first-rate service every time, our services include:

  • Compartmentalisation & Fire-Rated Partitions

Dividing a building into smaller sections or compartments using fire-resistant partitions, walls, floors, and ceilings ensures fires are better contained and move slower through a building. 

  • Fire Stopping & Compounding

Air sealing and penetration sealing, seals gaps around pipes, cables, and further structural gaps preventing the circulation of air and loss of heat from a building. 

  • Fire Resistant Coatings & Structural Protection

These fire-resistant coatings are applied to structural elements such as beams and columns to provide thermal insulation and maintain their structural integrity during a fire.

  • Fire Barriers

Fire barriers act as physical barriers, sealing open spaces like chimneys and spaces between internal walls. These cavity barriers are designed to contain fire and smoke within a specific area, preventing them from spreading to other parts of the building.

Concerned about your building’s fire safety and the financial risks should one ever break out? We can help. Passive fire protection not only protects the lives of occupants but ensures you avoid the risks of surprise costs associated with neglecting fire safety. Prevention is always the best approach. Contact Fire Immunity today, and let’s discuss how we can make your buildings safer and give you peace of mind.  For a free consultation call 01174056332 or contact Fire Immunity today to discuss how we can improve the fire safety of your South-West business today at a fair, competitive price.

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