How To Keep Your Business Fire Safe
Not only is it essential to keep your business fire safe to protect your premises, but it’s also vital to keep it fire safe to protect your employees. However, do you know what you should be doing in order to keep your business fire safe? This blog will explain to you our best tips and how we can help your business do this.
Have you got clear and easy-to-understand safety signs? Your safety signs for fire exits should have both pictures and writing so everyone can understand them easily. It’s also key to ensure that they are lit so they can be seen should the power go, or when it’s darker.
Did you know that businesses are required by law to provide emergency escape lighting if needed? This is stated in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005. These lights will illuminate your business, paying particular attention to doors and staircases.
Ensure you have the right extinguishers
Does your building have the correct extinguishers? You should ensure that your team understand which fire extinguisher is best for each type of fire, and it’s your responsibility to have them stored in the correct place. Click here to learn more about each type of extinguisher.
Keep an eye on your electrics
You need to ensure that you’re being electrically safe as electrical hazards lead to workplace fires. Simple things like ensuring your IT kit doesn’t overheat, or never overloading your plugs or extension leads are essential.
Fire alarm drills
Panic during an emergency can lead to confusion, you can avoid this by ensuring your team are familiar with your business’ fire drill by having practised a few times each year, including your evacuation strategy. Then, if an emergency was to happen, your staff would know what to do and where to go in a calm manner.
Ensure your business is tidy
Although this might seem obvious, aim to keep your premises tidy, with no excess clutter. This is because if a fire was to break out many materials such as paper will provide fuel to the fire. Not only can this fuel the fire, but clutter could also delay your team from evacuating quickly, especially close to any stairs or fire exits.
Carry out fire safety training
Did you know that you should have at least one fire warden? This member of your team will ensure fire safety procedures are happening and that they are up to date. This person needs fire warden training that will teach them hows to do this, in fact, click here to learn about how we do this at Fire Stoppers.
Look after your fire safety equipment
All of your fire safety equipment should be looked after, through regular inspection and testing, this is to ensure that they aren’t faulty and can be replaced when necessary. Here at Fire Stopper's we can do this for you, learn more about this on our website.
Fire risk assessments
In order to be as fire safe as you can be, fire risk assessments need to be carried out so you can fully understand what risks your business has so you can create appropriate safety procedures. If your business has more than 5 employees, risk assessments are a legal requirement, click here to find out how Fire Stoppers can carry one out on your premises.
Have these fire safety tips helped you? If you’re feeling overwhelmed don’t worry, our experts can help you do this, click here to get in touch with our team and they can visit you and get your business’ fire safety up to speed.
For more fire safety tips and advice, click here to browse the rest of our blog posts.