6 Top Tips For Fire Safety In The Workplace
Aug 6 2021 12:58PM
A fire tearing through your business can have catastrophic and potentially deadly results. As such, every business should always be doing what it can to mitigate the risks of a fire starting and spreading. Here are six key fire safety tips you should employ in your business.
Your Six Key Fire Safety Measures
First things first, Complete a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA). The law requires it, but most of all, it will help you manage and prevent fire. Fire risk assessment companies are impartial third parties hired to identify the potential risks your business is facing, before offering you clear and actionable guidance about how to improve them.
Keep a clean and tidy workplace. Paper and cardboard clutter can help fires spread quicker, and anything that could block up essential evacuation routes is to be avoided. Ensure all your staff know the escape routes and that they are kept clear.
Install fire safety equipment and establish a proper maintenance schedule. Your fire risk assessor will help you to know what is needed and where and how it should be maintained. For example, ensure a fire extinguisher maintenance company regularly checks your fire extinguishers. Also, ensure you know how to test fire alarm equipment yourself.
All employees must have appropriate fire training and understand what is required in the event of a fire. Nominate a designated meeting point and make sure all employees are clear about what they should do and where they should go.
Keep up with the regular maintenance of any electrical equipment or installations in your business. Faulty electrics are the source of many preventable fires. Ensure any faulty equipment is repaired or replaced immediately.
Appoint designated fire wardens or marshals within your business. These are people who will take control in the event of a fire. They could be relevant department heads, for example, that are responsible for providing a headcount for their department in an evacuation.
Prevention Rather Than Reaction
Of course, sometimes, no matter what you do, accidents happen, so it's important to ensure that you and your employees are all familiar with what to do in the event of a fire. Ensure every employee knows where relevant firefighting equipment is located and how they are supposed to safely evacuate the building.
However, prevention is always better than reaction, so while it's essential to ensure employees know what to do in the case of a fire, you should be doing everything you can to avoid a fire breaking out in the first place.
For more information about fire risk assessment or fire safety training for you and your employees, contact Arion Ltd to discuss it with one of our friendly and experienced team.
Our fire risk assessors are highly qualified and experienced and will take the burden of understanding your fire risk away and leave you with an action plan to work to. Our fire services department at Arion can also help you resolve many of your actions and problems.
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