BAFE Accreditation, why is it so important?

Only 1 in 4 fire safety companies have been awarded BAFE membership, but why have so few fire safety system been trusted to carry the BAFE mark? And is it really enough to sway your decision?

What is BAFE?

BAFE stands for the British Approvals for Fire Equipment. It’s the leading independent register of fire safety companies in the UK. Companies go through a rigorous assessment process to become BAFE registered, ensuring they meet the highest standards of quality and competency.

Why Should You Pick a BAFE Registered Partner?

  1. Independent Verification of Expertise: BAFE registration involves independent assessment by a qualified body. This assures you the company has the skills and knowledge to handle your fire safety needs.
  2. Commitment to Quality: Becoming BAFE registered is voluntary. This shows a company’s dedication to providing excellent service and employing skilled professionals.
  3. Reduced Risk: Don’t settle for claims of competency without proof. BAFE registration provides verifiable evidence of a company’s qualifications.
  4. Peace of Mind for Insurers: Having a BAFE registered company handle your fire safety reduces risk and improves your chances of a smooth insurance claim in case of a fire.
  5. Demonstrate Due Diligence: Choosing a BAFE registered company shows you’ve taken all reasonable steps to ensure fire safety compliance.
  6. Up-to-Date Expertise: BAFE registration involves regular assessments, so you know the company is using the latest fire safety standards and best practices.
  7. Leading the Way: BAFE schemes are constantly reviewed by industry experts, ensuring they reflect the most advanced fire safety knowledge.
  8. Monitored Compliance: BAFE registration isn’t just a one-time thing. The organisation monitors its members to ensure they continue to meet the required standards.
  9. Easy to Find: The BAFE Fire Safety Register is a free resource that allows you to search for qualified companies in your area.
  10. Government Recommended: The UK government and fire services recommend using BAFE registered companies for fire safety services.

What Else Should You Look for in a Fire Safety Partner

    1. Services Offered: Ensure the company provides the specific services you need, such as fire risk assessments, extinguisher maintenance, or fire alarm installation.
    2. Industry Experience: Choose a company with experience in your specific industry, as fire safety requirements can vary depending on your business type.
    3. Qualifications and Accreditations: Look for technicians with relevant qualifications and memberships in professional bodies like the Fire Industry Association (FIA).
    4. Customer References: Request references and check online reviews to gauge the company’s reputation and customer satisfaction.
    5. Insurance and Liability Coverage: Ensure the company has adequate insurance coverage to protect you in case of an accident.
    6. Communication and Transparency: Choose a company that explains fire safety procedures clearly and answers your questions comprehensively.
    7. Competitive Pricing: Get quotes from several BAFE registered companies to compare pricing and ensure you’re getting a fair deal.

By choosing a BAFE recognised fire safety partner, you’re making an active decision to choose a company that is independently recognised as the best on the market. A great place to start.

Another great start is to ensure your workplace is compliant is all areas of fire safety, a Fire Safety Audit can help you ensure this is the case.