Is your business fire safe? Are you confident that you are taking every possible precaution against fire breaking out and, should the worst happen, that your business is ready and able to cope with it safely and effectively?
Failing to take the appropriate steps to both prevent and manage fire risk isn’t just a foolish oversight.
As a business owner, it is your legal obligation to protect your premises, your workers, customers and neighbours from the risk of fire.
Expert Fire Solutions’ director and fire protection specialist Alan Raine has come up with five fundamental fire safety tenets that every business should stick to.
Follow Alan’s advice and you can rest assured that as well as protecting your business from fire, you’ll be on the right side of the law too.
Step 1: The Fire Risk Assessment
The fire safety strategy for any and every business has to start with a comprehensive fire risk assessment.
A fire risk assessment is a legal obligation for every non-domestic building in England and Wales and, by law, it must be carried out by a “competent person”. This can either be the “responsible person” (ie the employer, landlord, occupier or manager of a business or property) or someone appointed by the responsible person with the relevant education, training, knowledge and experience to understand the principles of fire safety, ie a professional fire risk assessor.
If you aren’t confident that your knowledge of fire safety protocol is completely up to speed, the best course of action is to employ fire safety specialists, such Expert Fire Solutions. Our qualified assessors will visit your premises for a full fire risk assessment inspection and produce a comprehensive written report, detailing your company’s current fire safety status and any areas where it must improve to meet legal requirements.
Step 2: Fire Safety Training for Staff
The law states that you must provide fire safety training for new staff when they start work and tell all employees about any new fire risks. You should also carry out at least one fire drill a year with staff.
Step 3: Identify and Install an Adequate Fire Detection System
There’s no two ways about it, early warning systems save lives. By law you must have an adequate fire detection and warning system that is appropriate for your premises and the nature of your business.
A comprehensive fire risk assessment will identify the type of fire alarm and smoke detectors you require and will also determine the most appropriate places to locate them.
Step 4: Install Adequate Fire Protection Equipment
Again, the type of fire protection equipment, such as fire extinguishers, you need will vary according to your premises and the nature of your business. By law, you must have appropriate equipment and train your staff on how to use them if necessary.
Step 5: Carry Out Regular Maintenance and Testing of Fire Safety Equipment
The law states that you must carry out regular maintenance and testing to make sure:
- all fire alarm systems are working
- emergency lighting is working
- fire extinguishers are full & working correctly
- any faults in systems and equipment are recorded
- automatic fire doors close correctly
Fire alarms and emergency lighting should be serviced twice a year by a competent technician.
By following these 5 steps, you can effectively protect your business from a fire. If you are short on time (like most business owners) and want a qualified and accredited company to work with you to manage that side of your business, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.