Fire Safety – 5 tips for every workplace


Wherever you work you’ll want to make sure that your workplace is safe so here are 5 tips to help you comply with fire safety and make sure your company complies with the law…

Wherever you work you’ll want to make sure that your workplace is safe so here are 10 tips to help you comply with fire safety and make sure your company complies with the law :

1. Don’t let it start - it sounds obvious but the best thing that you can do is make sure that you don’t have a fire in the first place, so get the basics right in terms of fire prevention.  This might not sound glamorous and certainly does not involve a team of good looking fire-fighters, but doing a simple walk round check of your premises is a good start.  Look out for things like overloaded electrical sockets, especially if they are hidden behind desks or cupboards, overflowing rubbish bins, piles of scrap paper, flammable cleaning fluids and people lighting teal-lights or mood-candles.  All these could easily start of fuel a fire, so get them dealt with on the spot.

2. Put somebody in charge - if you appoint a member of staff to be in charge of fire safety then you and your company will benefit in two ways. You will be complying with the law which says that you need to appoint a ‘responsible person’ in terms of fire safety and you will also be sure that you don’t end up in the situation where everybody thinks it is someone else’s area and nothing gets done.  Of course you’ll have to make sure that the person you pick is given enough time and has the aptitude for the task, but this is a small price to pay for the added safety and piece of mind that this will bring.Fire safety

3. Write it down - get things committed to writing always makes them clearer.  You probably already have a written health and safety policy, so dust this down and check that it is up to date, including details on fire prevention and actions to be taken in the event of a fire.  Make sure that you have signs in your building informing visitor of your fire action plan – what they should be doing if a fire breaks out or the alarm is triggered.

4. Tell the newbies - make fire safety an integral part of you company induction, so as well as being told all about time-sheets, tea breaks and the location of the stationary cupboard give all newcomers a tour of the fire escape route and a talk through of the fire procedures so that they know exactly what is expected of them.  Most people who are not given clear instructions tend to take no action at all when faced with and alarm or emergency.  A few minutes spent on the first day of work could make all the difference in years to come, and remember that today’s newcomer may well be somebody you are depending on in the future.

5. Make them practice - take time to make sure that regular fire drills are organised and that people take part in them.  This means you actually practice what you would do if a real fire broke out at your workplace, everybody should follow the pre-arranged evacuation to the assembly point and those in charge may need to complete a roll call or head count to check that everybody has been accounted for.  Although people often regard a fire drill as a hassle and interruption, but in fact they are like the actors’ dress rehearsal making sure everybody know what to do and there are no glitches should fire actually break out.

 

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