Workplace fires can be catastrophic for any business, no matter their size, status or location.
According to Government statistics, there are approximately 25,000 fires each year in England and Wales.
However, most fires can be prevented by adhering to necessary workplace fire safety procedures on a regular basis.
At TIS we value fire safety. Protecting what matters, we strive to provide the very best fire prevention systems for our clients, and our work doesn’t stop there. We’ve compiled this handy list of Top Tips to ensure your business is best when it comes to workplace fire safety.
Fire safety in business or other non-domestic premises typically comes down to the employer, the owner, the landlord, an occupier, or anyone else with control of the premises.
As a responsible person, it’s important to be aware of what your responsibilities are, ensuring that any risks to the health and safety of you, your employees, and anyone visiting the premises are minimised as much as possible.
It is your responsibility to conduct the following practices:
✔️ Carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly
✔️ Tell staff or their representatives about the risks you’ve identified
✔️ Put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
✔️ Plan for an emergency
✔️ Provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training
Current UK fire alarm regulations state that all business premises must have ‘an appropriate fire detection system’.
UK fire alarm regulations only state that your fire alarm system must be ‘adequately maintained’, however we recommend in accordance with British Standard 5839, Part 1, that a fire alarm system should be inspected by a competent person at least every six months and the government recommend following this standard.
In fact, if you work out of large premises a quarterly service may be best, as there are many more components to your fire alarm system, and therefore more opportunities for something to go wrong.
Checking and testing your fire alarm helps ensure it works when it needs to, but also prevents false alarms.
If you’re responsible for fire safety, it’s your responsibility to ensure that your employees, and anyone in the building, understand the procedures in place in the event of a fire.
As a legal minimum, you should carry out at least one fire drill per year and record the results. You must keep the results as part of your fire safety and evacuation plan.
You also need to train new staff when they start work and tell all employees about any new fire risks.
Fire drills are an important part of fire safety procedures for many reasons. Not only do they ensure that all your staff, customers and visitors understand what they need to do if there is a fire, but they also help you test how effective your fire evacuation plan is and to improve certain aspects of your fire provisions.
Keeping up-to-date records of your fire risk assessment can help you effectively manage the fire strategy for your premises.
The fire safety record should note regular checks and record findings on:
✔️ All escape routes are clear, and the floor is in a good state
✔️ All fire escapes can be opened easily
✔️ You record any faults in systems and equipment
✔️ All fire alarm systems are working
✔️ The emergency lighting is working
✔️ Fire doors close correctly and are in good working order
✔️ Fire exit signs are in the right place
✔️ Training and Fire drill log
It’s also important to keep the records whereabouts well-known. For example, in the management office or with HR.
Fire Safety is of the utmost importance in any building. As a business owner, you’re responsible for ensuring that your workplace meets all required health and safety standards.
It’s crucial that your working environment complies with all building regulations, to ensure the safety of your employees and the protection of your building. Fire safety should always be a main concern, no matter what type of business you run or how many people are employed.
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