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1. Do I need a fire alarm system? 

Current UK fire alarm regulations state that all business premises must have ‘an appropriate fire detection system’. This means that a fire can easily be detected, and occupants can easily be warned. This does not necessarily mean that all business premises will need a fire alarm system You may need different types of detectors, depending on the type of building and the work carried out in it. Our technical team can provide a full survey of your fire alarm system complete with a list of recommendations or a design and installation service.

2. Why do I have to have emergency lighting

The answer to this goes back to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order (RRFSO) 2005. Put very simply, this regulation requires that the ‘responsible person in charge of non-domestic premises, including the common areas of a house in multiple occupancy, is also responsible for the safety of everyone in the building, whether they are guests, workers, visitors or residents. Emergency lighting should be designed in such a way that it provides a clear path of light for all occupants of a property to an ultimate place of safety this includes both internally and externally where necessary. For more detailed information on your emergency lighting or a full photo metric survey please contact our technical team.

3. Do I need fire extinguishers.

The current British standards state that the types of equipment you need depend on your business premises. You’ll need to have any equipment properly installed, tested, and maintained and train your staff to use them if necessary. This is the case for fire extinguishers and as a simple guide for fire extinguishers (depending on the size of the building) you should have a minimum of 2 ‘Class A’ extinguishers on every storey of the building.

4. Why can’t I leave my phone charger plugged in all the time

Phones should not be left to charged unattended for a long period of time as the charger can overheat and catch fire. Most manufacturers of mobile devices clearly state that mobile phones should not be charged for longer than 3 hours at any one time. This is due to the over expansion of lithium cells within the battery.

5. Are extension leads safe for use.

Yes providing you keep within the maximum fuse rating as detailed by the manufacturer. It is worth remembering however that the extension leads are only ever designed for temporary use their for their continued use should be reviewed on a regular basis and where necessary additional sockets should be installed to reduce the potential risk of fire. For further information on fuse ratings feel free to contact our technical team.

If you have questions of your own that you need answering then contact MAGG Group today and someone from our technical team will be more than happy to assist you. 

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