12 Days of Christmas Fire Safety Tips
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12 days of Christmas fire safety tips. If you’re feeling festive and want to decorate the office/workplace, or if you are going to see out the year with a party, please be aware that fire safety is still as important in the office. As the responsible person for fire safety, the following tips will ensure that your employees and customers are safe from fire and that the office remains safe as well as fun.
Christmas Trees – real trees look and smell great, just make sure that your tree is watered thoroughly and regularly. A safer option for the workplace is an artificial tree that is labelled flame resistant.
Safely position your Christmas tree away from any fire hazards. Materials that can catch fire easily must not be positioned anywhere near your tree. Christmas trees are fuel for fires, and as some are large, they could spread the fire quicker than usual too.
Check your Christmas tree lights are not damaged or broken before use and look out for loose wires.
Christmas tree lights should conform to the British Standard – BS EN 60598-1:2015+A1:2018. Read and follow the manufactures instructions, and retain for future use. e.g. use only replacement lamps of the same type and rating as those originally supplied, replace failed lamps immediately.
Ensure electrical equipment, including electrical Christmas lights and decorations, are turned off and preferably unplugged when the office is empty.
Decorations can burn easily – do not attach them to lights or heaters.
Avoid overloading your plug sockets or extension leads. Ensure only 1 plug per socket. Always turn off plugs when they are not in use, except those that are designed to be left on, like servers.
Make sure emergency fire escape routes remain clear, ensuring people can leave safely in the event of a fire.
Though all business premises should test their fire alarm regularly, it is especially true of larger work environments where fires may start far away from where people are usually sat or working throughout the day. The other elements on this list all fall secondary to having a suitable and functioning fire detection system in place.
Always use an 30mA RCD (residual current device) on outdoor electrical equipment. This safety device can save lives by instantly switching off the power if there is a fault.
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a Very Happy and Safe Christmas.
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