When the risk of death is 55% lower in places with fire alarms, there is no question about the necessity of these tools.
But fire alarms need to be regularly tested to be valuable. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of fire alarm testing at your business.
The most important reason for fire alarms is to save lives. If you're not testing your fire alarms you risk them being faulty when you need them. If they're faulty then they might not work, or they only activate once it's too late.
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Many states and county laws say that fire alarms must be tested at least once over a designated period. Installing a fire alarm is not enough; you need to ensure that it works.
The definition of "regular" testing might vary from state to state, so make sure to look up your local fire safety legal guidelines. If you're doing a fire alarm system inspection every year you're likely compliant.
Most insurance companies will only cover you if you do a fire alarm system test every few months. It's also always beneficial to ensure you're aware of possible fire hazards and working to avoid them.
Regularly checking your fire alarm systems can save you money in a few different aspects. Your legal fees, insurance fees, and possible building repair costs are all influenced by whether you test your fire alarms.
If the fire alarm fails and your employees or customers are injured or killed you are open to lawsuits. And if that happens it will cost your business a fortune to pay off settlements and legal fees.
Many insurance companies offer lowered premiums if you can show them that you test your fire systems. The reason for this is because testing regularly means your alarms are more likely to work if there is a fire, which means any damages you need to claim are likely going to be smaller.
Lowered insurance fees add up. The monthly cost of paying insurance premiums can take a big chunk out of your budget. When you reduce this, it means you can use that money elsewhere in your business.
If your fire alarms fail due to lack of maintenance or testing, your insurance company might not pay for fixing any damages to your buildings.
This means your company will have to pay for all the repairs from the fires and replace any damaged equipment. Depending on the size of the fire and what areas were damaged, this can become a significant expense.
These are only a few of the reasons that fire alarm testing at your business should be done regularly. Save your employees' lives and your business's money with fire alarm testing.
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