COVID-19 Update for Fire and Security Systems
As advised on our Home page, Stroud Alarms are still operating on a ‘business as normal’ basis for all our Contracted customers, to ensure your property is fully protected and your Fire and Security systems remain fully operational during this difficult period of Lockdown due to COVID-19. We are still covering all reactive callouts and essential maintenance only.
To ensure peace of mind, we have implemented strict Health and Safety guidelines to all our engineers, so any staff attending your premises will have all required PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).
We will remain fully operational throughout the COVID-19 crisis, operating on a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week schedule, to continue to carry out any essential maintenance and callouts required to all fire and security systems supplied by Stroud Alarms.
“Key Workers Status”
Monday 23rd March. 12:00pm
“Security & fire safety personnel can play a vital role at this time of national challenge. People working in these sectors who are essential to national infrastructure are “Key Workers” for the purposes of the Government’s guidance on COVID-19.”
James Brokenshire, Minister of State for Security at the Home Office
Within the industry we are in, we have been highlighted as key workers due to the systems we are maintaining to keep all buildings and staff safe. This has been advised directly from the Home Office to the Fire Industry Association, so for more information on our “Key Workers” status please open link for further information: https://www.fia.uk.com/news/latest-covid-update-specific-to-the-fire-industry.html
As a BAFE accredited organisation we have also received the following newsletter which links with the CIC (Construction Industry Council). For more information please open link: https://www.bafe.org.uk/construction-industry-council-help-clarify-critical-work/
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) have provided "a non-exhaustive list of critical activity that ought to continue for issues of public safety:
1. Make good unsafe buildings/dangerous structures –District Surveyors need powers to instruct emergency work to be done to make them safe if any occur – and a hastily abandoned site might just lead to a dangerous structure occurring.
2. Structural inspections for subsidence / movement to determine risk
3. Structural and roofing problems, loose tiles/chimney stacks, weathering
4. All general building control work (both LABC and AIs) for nationally important buildings / facilities, e.g. NHS estate, GPs, etc.
5. Drainage works / maintenance etc – important to avoid any increased public health problems in this respect
6. Fire safety inspections
7. Requirement for maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment to meet Fire Safety legislation – even if buildings are not occupied.
8. Ongoing need for Fire risk assessments, both to meet legislation and new circumstances in buildings.
9. Remedial work required to remove unsafe ACM cladding etc.
10. Glazing replacement
11. Locksmithing / lock replacement
12. Gas safety work/ Suspected gas leaks
13. Electrical safety work/ Electrical failures
N.B.- There will be other safety-critical work that needs to be added to this list."
Non-Contracted Customers Emergency Callouts – Office Hours Only
At this point in time, Stroud Alarms are happy to attend callouts to fire and security systems for any non-contracted customers. However please be aware that these can only be carried out between 8.30am–5.00pm and prepayment will be required before an engineer attendance.