Where to start with commercial fire and security
Choosing the right fire and security measures for your business can be a difficult decision, and with so many options and companies available on the market, even knowing where to start can prove confusing.
To simplify the process, we have a few tips to help you choose the right fire and security solution for your business, which are all also outlined in our new downloadable white paper focussing on security in commercial applications.
After all, keeping your business and employees safe is of the utmost importance. You have valuable goods, ideas, people, and systems in place—you don’t want a security breach – online or physical - to threaten all your hard work.
- Conduct a security review
The first step in the process of determining the right fire and security systems for your business is to conduct a security review. You can conduct this review yourself, or have it done by an independent consultant or security company.
Doing a security review should tell you what security equipment you need, where you need to install it, and highlight your building’s weak spots. All of these points are key in determining the correct kind of security system.
If you decide to go with a security company, make sure you take the time to walk through your facility with the security representative to go over the following:
- Where all entrances and exits are located
- What the physical features of your space are
- How employees access the building, and how many employees you have
- What vulnerabilities may exist
- What your hours of operation are, and whether workers are on site past normal business hours
- What fire and emergency measures do you have in place?
Understanding these key points about your business will help a security company to design a bespoke system that will be able to provide you with the right system and services needed to protect your business.
2. Review Your Resources
When deciding on any fire and security installation, or upgrade works programme, it is important to know what resources (time, staff and budget) you can allocate to both project management and ongoing maintenance to enable a safe working environment for all staff and visitors.
By taking the time to do this, a fire and security consultant can then fit in with your team to suit you, and provide the necessary security services and support for your business.
3. Intruder Detection
Whilst it’s great to stay ‘on trend’ with the very latest fire and security measures including increasingly sophisticated smart security offers, it’s important to consider what is really required for you and your business.
Here, back to basics security and alarms are the premise to all good security. From the simplest wired alarm units, a security professional will showcase how intruder alarm technology can be installed to grow and evolve with your business, and ensure ultimate security, when your office(s) are unoccupied.
Also worth noting when considering any alarm installation for your business, that you should opt for a monitoring service option, as this is usually a requirement for insurance companies providing cover.
3. Decide on video surveillance
Some benefits of a video surveillance system:
- Provides round-the-clock surveillance at your building
- Allows you to monitor items or valuables left unattended for long periods of time
- Can help resolve employee disputes and prevent dishonest claims by employees or customers
- Provides visual evidence if a crime occurs or goods go missing
- Can ensure only employees and those with the right access credentials get into your building
- Can monitor a cash register or other point of sale system
Even if you have a small business where you don’t get a lot —or any—customer foot traffic minimal visual surveillance can provide peace of mind security. Here is where working with a professional company right from the design process can help to create the right fire and security system to protect you and your company.
4. Do you need access control?
An access control system allows you to limit access to different areas of your business. You may want only some employees to have access to a stock room, office, safe, or other place where information or valuables are stored.
Visitors may also only access meeting rooms or dedicated areas of your business. A carefully designed access control system allows you do decide who has access to what parts of your business.
5. Don’t Forget Fire Safety
Alongside the clear objectives to ensuring a secure workplace for staff and visitors on any site, fire safety must also remain a clear responsibility to be assessed at all times, with regular maintenance and testing of operations – and again it’s important to know what time and resource you can allocate to this.
As commercial properties can vary greatly, they carry a variety of different types of fire safety requirements and will need careful design and planning, with a full fire risk assessment taking place before design.
6. Off-Site Monitoring
Another factor to consider is whether you want to be able to control the security features of your business off-site, whether you’re at a conference for a few days, or just home at night looking to make sure all is well at work.
You could also choose to give monitoring access to these types of controls to certain employees or a security company, either to cover a holiday period or to share the responsibility. Adding this to the fire and security original design will help to minimize disruption later down the line if you decide it is a requirement for your business.
Take the necessary steps today to ensure your business is safe and sound. For more information, please download our white paper “Commercial fire and security for today’s working environment.”
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