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FIRE SAFETY

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING

A FIRE PROTECTION CONTRACTOR John Lynch, General Manager Business Support Services, Wormald

As industrial, construction and mining sectors undertake rationalisation programs and centralise procurement, cost and efficiency are weighing more heavily into the purchase of fire protection systems than ever before. While these are important considerations, this should never be at the expense of life safety.

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he unfortunate reality is that selecting low-cost fire protection systems may result in low-quality equipment and inferior servicing and maintenance capabilities. This can have devastating and costly consequences. A fire incident can result in significant staff injuries, fatalities and costly damage. In specialised industries, damage to custom-built machinery can put a rapid halt to operations as equipment is rebuilt over months or even years. In addition to installing an appropriate fire protection system, businesses must ensure sprinklers and equipment are properly maintained and tested, and comply with Australian Standards and any regulatory changes. Ultimately, if fire systems are not regularly checked by professional and licensed providers, they may not perform as intended during an emergency. A careful and consultative approach to selecting fire protection systems is vital. Fire protection is a shared responsibility and it is essential that all those involved with fire safety (including procurement departments, health and safety teams, and on-site management) invest in quality fire protection solutions.

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