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Fire Equipment Vital To Health Of Small Businesses

Wormald Media Release
19 April 2005

Fire Equipment Vital To Health Of Small Businesses

Basic fire equipment is the first line of defence against fire for many small businesses. A handy fire extinguisher and a working smoke alarm could mean the difference between a small fire and complete devastation.

Chris Mak, Wormald’s Technical Manager, says smaller businesses are more likely to have either no fire equipment, or equipment that is outdated and non-functional.

“Larger corporates in big premises are more likely to hire the services of a professional team. But smaller businesses situated in one or two-man offices are more likely to have little to no fire protection available.”

Small businesses can protect themselves against the ravaging effects of fire by making sure there are smoke or heat detection systems installed in compliance with New Zealand Standards.
Portable fire extinguishers are best positioned around handy locations, such as the staff kitchen or near high risk areas. It is also important to make sure all staff know where every extinguisher is positioned and know how to operate it, should they ever need to use one. Fire blankets are another option.

Fire hose reels should be installed if large amounts of cardboard or paper are stored. All fire extinguishers and hose reels must be serviced every 12 months to ensure they are in fit working order, and will actually work in the event of a fire.

One staff member should be in charge of making sure all equipment is up-to-date. All staff should know where the nearest hose reel is, where the fire extinguishers are kept. Staff should be trained when and how to use all fire protection equipment.

Mak recommends that individual businesses talk to a fire safety specialist for advice specific to their premises.

Wormald offers a wide range of sprinkler systems, fire alarm detection systems, emergency warning and intercommunication systems, and portable fire extinguishers to cover the many risks in commercial retail areas.



Wormald, a division of Tyco Fire and Security, is a leading provider of fire protection solutions. They have been designing, manufacturing, supplying, installing and servicing fire detection and protection systems since 1889. Wormald offers full service and total solutions across numerous applications including building and construction, health care, military, government, leisure management, corporate, education and residential homes.

Tyco Fire and Security Australia/New Zealand, a segment of Tyco International’s business globally, is a leading provider of Fire & Safety and Electronic Security.


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