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The Real Cost Of 'a Penny Saved' in School Fire Safety

Date: 2 April 2019

Sometimes, a penny saved isn't a penny earned. And for fire safety in schools, it can be a hard lesson learned! Let's look at:

  • The real cost of cheap fire alarm systems; and
  • The consequences the Responsible Person could face...

We all love a bargain. A pair of shoes in the sale or a BOGOF in the supermarket is always welcome! But there are some areas where quality REALLY matters. And getting it wrong can mean bigger bills (or worse) later on.

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Buy cheap, buy twice

We've seen cases of schools or businesses taking the cheapest deal they could find. That solved their immediate problem. They had a fire alarm system and money left in the pot.

The problem came later when the equipment failed. Because the system installed was outdated, there were no spare parts available! It was like they'd installed Windows 95 on their computers! Instead of a small part replacement they needed a complete refit. Not such a bargain after all...

DO look that gift horse in the mouth!

As well as the actual equipment, you need to be sure of the contractor you use. Often, the guy that comes in with the cheapest quote is a "jack of all trades". He can use cheap, untrained labour and poor quality kit. This will make his price look very attractive!

Just don't ask him for the paperwork you need for compliance, he won't have a clue. He may not still be around when you need maintenance. And if you start with shoddy installation, maintenance becomes a costly process!

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Balancing budget and fire safety for business owners

Penny wise, pound foolish

Small print can mean big bills. Cheap installers may have you tied into a maintenance contract that's overpriced. They can rake in your cash for years to come!

Some companies will present a bargain initial price for installation. BUT their maintenance deals are mandatory - and expensive! We know of schools that are locked into paying up to 4 times the amount they should, year after year.

Getting school security WRONG

If the wrong decisions are made and the worst should happen... all blame falls on the Responsible Person.

It is your duty of care to ensure a competent company has been chosen AND all systems installed meet regulations.

If you fail your duty of care, you could be subject to unlimited fines or, in extreme cases, a prison sentence!

Live and learn

Blake's believe in quality equipment, professionally installed. This means you may pay a bit more in the beginning BUT you get so much more for your money! You get:

  • Guaranteed compliance with the latest Health and Safety regulations and the Law
  • Highly trained, DBS checked engineers
  • Kit that's not obsolete and can be extended to any further building you may need
  • Top standards of installation meaning less chance of false alarms or faults
  • Equipment that will last long term
  • Reasonable maintenance deals that keep everything working

Pearls of wisdom

Blake's have years of knowledge and experience in fire safety. We are NSI Gold and BAFE accredited for your peace of mind.

Our experts have compiled clear, no-nonsense advice on how to balance budget and fire safety for business owners and Responsible Persons.

If you're the Responsible Person or budget holder in a school, click the image below and get your free copy now!

Balancing budget and fire safety for business owners

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