Whether we like to believe it or not, catastrophes can happen anywhere and at any time. These 5 fire safety tips will show what you can do in your workplace to minimise the risk.
Businesses and buildings will contain fire risks. From electrical components and flammable liquids to gas appliances and more. Fire safety is vitally important not only to the well-being of your employees and customers, but for the safety of your business as well.
These 5 fire safety tips only scratch the surface of what should be done to ensure safety and compliance. They focus more on what you and your staff can do to ensure that your building is safe and that the risk of fire is minimised.
- Is your fire safety equipment up to standard?
The correct fire equipment, provided that they are well maintained and serviced, can minimise fire related incidents. This equipment will ensure that the relevant alarms are activated, or that you are able to control a fire before it gets out of hand. By making sure that your smoke alarms are working, the fire sprinklers are serviced, and you have the correct emergency signage, you will greatly reduce the risk to your building or business.
- Have you carried out a risk assessment recently?
A risk assessment should be the first step taken to analyse the efficiency of your fire safety measures. The assessment will inform your decision on fire escape plans, what measures need to be implemented further, which equipment needs servicing, and where the building is most vulnerable.
- Electrical components and wiring
Every business makes use of electrical appliances and components. And usually where there is electricity there is potential fire hazards. Ensure your plugs are not overloaded, wiring, is not faulty, and where necessary, staff are trained to understand the risks involved.
- Have you carried out any fire safety training?
Employees should understand what to do in the case of a fire and should also understand the risks of the building which they occupy. Knowing things like where the fire escapes are, who plays what role in managing the crisis, and where the fire safety equipment is located are all part of the necessary fire safety training.
- Who’s in charge in case of an emergency?
As a part of your fire safety plan, it is especially important that everyone understands their role to play. You may appoint a fire safety officer to be in charge in the event of an emergency and to ensure that fire equipment checks are done, maintenance is carried out, and that evacuation plans, and drills are practiced.
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