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    • CCTV/ Video Surveillance
          • CCTV/Video Surveillance

            CCTV surveillance solutions can help reduce crime and provide valuable insight and documentation for businesses.

    • Access Control
          • Access Control

            Access control is a tool by which you can maintain security of your premises locally or remotely.

    • Time & Attendance
          • Time & Attendance

            Effective time management systems are frameworks and techniques designed to help people manage their time better

    • Physical Security
          • Physical Security

            An electric fence is a powerful perimeter intruder detection system which can be attached to an existing perimeter fence or wall.

    • Alarm & Detection
          • Alarm & Detection

            Installing reliable alarm detection solutions is the easiest way for businesses to help prevent break-ins.

    • Preventing Fire
          • Preventing Fire

            The goal of fire prevention is to ensure the relevant personnel such as family members and staffs are adequately educated

    • Detecting Fire
          • Detecting Fire

            Whilst the main focus of your fire protection strategy should be to prevent fire, should a fire accidentally break out

    • Containing Fire
          • Containing Fire

            This involves reducing the heat output of a fire, reducing the area over which the fire exists or suppressing or extinguishing the fire.

    • Escaping Fire
          • Escaping Fire

            No fire safety strategy is complete without the final part of the plan – escaping fire safely.

    • Building Management
          • Building Management

            Building Management Services(BMS) provide a single sea for monitoring and control

    • Small Medium Businesses
          • Small Medium Businesses

            Opticom has a proven track record of working with small and medium sized businesses.

    • Multi-Site Operations
          • Multi-site Operations

            Multi-site organisations face additional challenges in protecting their employees, customers, premises and assets from the threat of fire and theft.

    • Major Projects
          • Major Projects

            In today’s fast-moving world, one of the most important aspects in safeguarding national or corporate security is information.

    • Smart Construction
          • Smart Construction

            Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is based on the principle that proper design and effective use of buildings and public spaces

    • Finance Solutions
          • Financial Solutions

            A financial institution’s reputation and profitability are based on how well it proves to customers that it is serious about protecting their assets and investments.

    • Educational Institutions
          • Educational Institutions

            When enrolling a child into school, one of the frequent concerns for parents is usually how safe the institution is.

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All across the world, fire is known as one of the most dangerous phenomena. In Kenya, according to the National Disaster Operations Centre, in the year 2014 between the months of January and February, 71 fires were reported in Nairobi alone. These fires resulted in the loss of 2,016 jobs, 376 houses, 113 shops, 2 deaths and asset losses in excess of Kshs. 80 Million. The above statistics are nerve wracking but the good thing is, something can be done.

The causes of fire vary depending on the environment but in given sectors, they tend to be similar. For example, in the hospitality and healthcare industries, the most common causes of fire are smoking materials, electrical equipment, cooking fires, heating equipment and at times, arson. However, it is important to know that these fires are avoidable.

As it is commonly said, prevention is better than cure. There are various ways of fire detection. Automatic fire detection systems, when combined with other elements such as emergency response and evacuation plans, can significantly reduce property damage, personal injuries, and loss of life from fire in the workplace or home. Their main function is to quickly identify a developing fire and alert building occupants and emergency response personnel before extensive damage occurs. Automatic fire detection systems do this by using electronic sensors to detect the smoke, heat, or flames from a fire and providing an early warning.

After detection, the next step is usually suppression of the fire. It can either be automatic or manual. An automatic system is typically connected to a smoke and or fire detector and is triggered as soon as heat, smoke, monoxide or flame is picked up. On the other hand, a manual system is not connected to any device and therefore needs someone to actively trigger the system for it to work. The three most common types of suppressants are water, inert gasses and chemical agents. The choice of the most suitable suppressant depends on the risk involved. For example, inert gases such as nitrogen and argon are ideal for situations where water will end up causing damage, such as, killing a fire in an area surrounded by expensive electrical equipment.

In Kenya, there are different laws governing how fire should be handled. The various laws are contained in the Occupational Safety and Health Act 2007 and Legal Notice 59/2007. By law, every workplace should have a thorough health and safety audit carried out in every period of 12 months and failure to comply results in the employer being liable to a fine not exceeding five hundred thousand shillings or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or both.

Knowing is half the battle. Do not let the fear of an occurrence of fire dissipate; transmute it into action.

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