There is no shortage of things to think about when it comes to running a business, owning investment properties or managing a strata property. We understand that fire safety is not very high on the priority list for many and is more of an ad hoc task that you worry about only when informed of an issue.

But we’ve got a few reasons why you may want to rethink putting your fire equipment testing on the back burner and get it sorted before you are forced to.

A preventative approach will always be more cost-effective, less stressful and better for your compliance than a reactive approach. For this reason, leaving fire equipment testing to the last minute is not only a bad idea but can land you in hot water financially, emotionally and legally.

Cost

Nobody likes bill shock, but by letting your fire equipment testing fall by the wayside, that could be what you get. By leaving your fire equipment testing to the last minute or trying to fix it after a problem has arisen, instead of maintaining the equipment to avoid such issues, you’re making yourself liable and increasing the cost.

In the same way that eating healthy and regular exercise is a good way to keep your body fighting fit and prevent illness or injury, carrying out regular fire equipment testing and inspections is a way to avoid the need for expensive repairs due to equipment being neglected or poorly maintained. With rising inflation, the last thing you need is an extra burden on your back pocket; get fire equipment tested ahead of the due dates!

Hassle

Finding a reliable fire service contractor and booking scheduled maintenance might seem like a hassle. Still, it is nothing compared to the hassle and stress we have seen many businesses and property managers experience when issued with urgent Council fire orders or not being able to have their AFSS endorsed because of issues in the fire safety measures. They then end up panicking and calling fire companies far and wide, desperate to get it sorted ASAP, creating unnecessary pressure for all parties involved that could have been minimised or entirely erased if completed ahead of time.

Our fire safety packages mean that all fire equipment testing is scheduled to align with the necessary testing intervals for fire equipment. This makes it easier for you to stay on top of your maintenance and less likely to need urgent repairs or upgrades that could halt operations of the buildings.

Compliance

Unlike a standalone residential property, many commercial premises and large apartment buildings have advanced interconnected systems that require more than just checking a battery every now and then. An accredited fire safety practitioner must carry out the fire equipment testing, maintenance and repairs in order for the equipment to remain compliant with the necessary standards.

But this isn’t something you can book on the day of. It’s important to work with a fire protection company that knows the intervals in which safety equipment testing must be carried out so your compliance is not jeopardised. Otherwise, you could be liable for any damage or injury from fire while the equipment is out of action.

Don’t leave fire equipment testing until the last minute; call Betta Fire Protection today on (02) 8669 9100.