Prevention is better than cure
Any fire whenever it occurs in the workplace has the potential to disrupt your business and the people who rely on your services.
Fire safety legislation requires you to take account of fire risks and consider preventative measures, therefore it is day-to-day good practice to minimise the risk of fire in the workplace, not just today but every day.
These are a few simple things you can consider to reduce fire risks on your business premises.
Review your fire risk assessment
- Have you completed the action plan from your last findings?
- Are there any new practices that need consideration?
- Can you enhance your safety routines?
- Ensure all external flammable waste containers are secured to an immovable object away from buildings where you can.
- Lock waste containers at night, arsonists rarely bring materials with them to set a fire.
- Check the security and deterrents of your site. Is external lighting adequate and any CCTV functioning?
Management of highly flammable materials
- Reduce the volume you store on your premises wherever possible.
- Always store flammable liquids in approved containers that are suitable for the product.
- Ensure pressurised gas bottles are stored in an external store or a well-ventilated area.
- Conduct an end of shift check to ensure containers are sealed and placed in fireproof cupboards.
- Ensure ‘hot works’ areas are controlled and inspected after completion.
Cooperate and coordinate with neighbouring businesses
- Discuss your findings and ensure that the risk to your premises can be minimised by a fire in a neighbouring one.
- Can you coordinate actions with neighbouring businesses to reduce risk and provide assistance?
In case of fire
- Ensure any fire alarms are tested and working correctly.
- Ensure employees and visitors know what to do in case of fire.
- Ensure escape routes and exits are clear and available to use at all times the building is occupied.
- Ensure these valuable devices are correctly serviced and ready for use.
- Ensure persons nominated to use extinguishers are properly trained and know where the extinguishers are located.
- Only tackle small fires if safe to do so.