Your Responsibilities as a Property Manager

Author - Emily Weekes |
Publish Date - February 7, 2019

The day-to-day tasks carried out by Property Managers can differ every day. Yet one constant, vitally important requirement is the fire safety measures in place and the maintenance of those services.

Whether working in a team of maintenance professionals or as the sole provider of facilities, the fire safety of a property must be legally compliant to avoid risk to property and life.

At Churches Fire & Security, we work closely with Property Managers. The use of our extensive fire safety services assists with compliance and ensures emergencies can be dealt with swiftly if they occur.

Our decades of experience in the industry reassures customers that we know what is required in residential properties.

Services provided by Churches Fire & Security include:

Fire Risk Assessments – All assessors employed by Churches Fire & Security are members of either the Institute of Fire Safety Managers (IFSM) or the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE). An assessment identifies risks and hazards that require rectification and improvements to ensure compliance. Our competent assessors are experts in their field, giving you peace of mind that by working with us, your property is in safe hands.

POINTS TO CONSIDER: When was your property’s last fire risk assessment carried out? If there have been changes made to the building, was the fire risk assessment updated to reflect this?

Fire risk assessment

Fire Alarms – We offer a comprehensive design, installation, commissioning and maintenance service for all types of detection. This includes beam detection, wireless, gas suppression, single-point smoke and heat and carbon monoxide detection. As the most reliable method of alerting people to a fire situation, fire alarms are a legal requirement under The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

POINTS TO CONSIDER: Are the fire alarms in your managed properties regularly checked by a competent person? If faults are found, are these followed up promptly? Do tenants know what to do upon the sounding of the fire alarm?

a single Fire Alarm detector close up used in a business

Fire Extinguishers – A working fire extinguisher is often the first line of defence in the event of a fire starting. These hand-held devices are available in a variety of sizes and types, with guidance provided by Churches Fire & Security on the type most likely required per customer. In order to comply with regulations, fire extinguishers should be serviced annually and monitored continually for signs of damage or vandalism.

POINTS TO CONSIDER: Does your building have the appropriate extinguishers in place? When were they last examined by a trusted service provider? Have all relevant people had the required training to be able to use an extinguisher if the situation arises?

Chrome extinguishers

The responsibility of ensuring procedures are followed lies with the Property Manager, and they should make sure all employees, property owners and tenants are aware of what is expected of them in the event of a fire.

If your fire safety provisions require attention, Churches Fire & Security can help.

Put your trust in us to supply, install and maintain the required services.

Contact us today to ensure your business is safe.

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