New Year's Fire Safety Resolutions for your Business - Top 10 Tips
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Resolutions – We want to ask you to put fire safety on your list.
This article looks at the Top 10 Tips for New Year’s Resolutions for your business. The New Year is a good time to focus on improving fire safety in your business …
The New Year is a great time to prioritise these issues and ensure your organisation is fully compliant. Fire Risk Consultancy Services would like to set a small goal and urge everyone to include some safety resolutions to keep their 2020 a healthy and fire-safe year. We’ve come up with a list of ideas for some fire safety New Year’s resolutions. Here are a few you might like to consider and make a difference in your workplace this year:
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Check your Fire Risk Assessment
Whatever your sector, from retail to residential care, a recent Fire Risk Assessment is always advisable. But once it’s done it’s very easy to let it fall out of date. When did your premises last undergo an assessment? It might be time to carry out a new one, standard best practice is to review your Fire Risk Assessment on an annual basis. While planning to review it in a year’s time is better than nothing, circumstances can alter way before that. If you’ve made any changes to the building or to operations recently that could impact fire safety and prevention, it’s a good idea to get a new Fire Risk Assessment done.
Refresh your Fire Marshal Training
Who are the fire marshals at your organisation and do you have enough trained members of staff if there was to be an emergency? Think carefully and if you feel you need further fire marshal training to keep your organisation safe, Fire Risk Consultancy Services can assist with the best and latest safety training. After all, who could be better train your team than experts with real ‘front line’ emergency experience?
Know how to use a fire extinguisher
Most people are pretty clear about the concept of using a fire extinguisher. But how would they react if they had to use one in reality? It can be scary being faced with even a small fire. You won’t have the luxury of time to work out what you need to do. So, make a resolution to familiarise yourself and others with the different types of fire extinguishers available and how you should discharge them.
In trained, experienced hands, a well-placed fire extinguisher can put out a flame long before it becomes a full blaze, directly preventing a serious problem that may have otherwise resulted in injury, property damage, and even fatalities.
Check the condition of leads and sockets
Look out for any equipment, plugs or sockets that feel exceptionally warm. Visually inspect electrical leads and chargers and if there are any signs of problems – they might be worn or frayed for example – don’t use them. If there are dark marks around sockets, or you notice sparks or smoke when you’re inserting or taking out a plug, get the device and socket checked before you use them.
Read our Top 10 Tips for Electrical Fire Safety.
Maintain your fire equipment properly
We’re not overstating the case when we say fire equipment does a vital job. There could come a time when you’re depending on it to save lives. But is it as well maintained as it should be to keep it in full working order? It might not be serviced regularly enough or by an engineer who does all the essential checks as thoroughly as they should.
So, one pretty good resolution to kick off with is to make sure your equipment is serviced by an appropriately accredited (and therefore fully competent) company. Use a BAFE registered engineer to service your fire extinguishers and alarms and look out for the NICEIC accreditation too.
Stick to a testing schedule
Another important aspect of maintenance is to test your equipment regularly. It doesn’t have to take long but get into the habit (or arrange for someone else to!) of carrying out regular – ideally weekly – checks of your alarms and emergency lighting. Make sure the person who’s doing it is suitably trained or alternatively talk to your maintenance provider for assistance.
Do some New Year decluttering
Decluttering is a very popular activity at this time of year! So why not do some in the workplace? There is a multitude of benefits when it comes to fire safety and workplace security. Cleaning up general clutter means you’re keeping walkways clear as well as providing access to firefighting equipment and emergency exits if they were suddenly needed.
It also means you’re reducing the amount of potential fuel for a fire. Getting rid of rubbish outside your building means there’s less temptation for would-be arsonists. Leaving things lying around outside can also provide criminals with some handy accessories to use for breaking into your premises. Cut back any vegetation that’s got out of hand too; as well as being fuel for a fire, it also offers a hiding place for intruders.
Consider your Policies and Procedures
Are your company’s policies and procedures up-to-date and fit for purpose? Consider how confident you are that all the fire risks to both your staff and your business have been properly identified.
Prioritise Safety at your Events
Putting on a big event or just organising an office party for staff and clients? We know there’s a lot to think about but make sure you’ve thoroughly assessed the safety risks, especially when it comes to fire. This applies not just during the event’s opening times but also during build-up and breakdown.
Extending, re-building or re-modelling? Think about Fire!
If your business is branching out and extending its premises, building a new site or renovating, we’d strongly advise thinking about how Fire Risk Consultancy Services, can support you through the Building Regulation processes with the primary focus being your needs and vision, along with a safe and sustainable building for the future.
Here to Help
If you’d like some guidance on putting any of these resolutions into practice this year, Fire Risk Consultancy Services is here to help. We provide expert knowledge, skill, and resource to all businesses requiring specialist advice or training in any area of fire risk management.
Please note that this article provides basic easy-to-understand guidance of fire safety provisions and the key fire safety information required to comply with legislation. Our articles are reviewed regularly. However, any changes made to standards or legislation following the review date will not have been considered. We aim to assist you to understand the fire-related terms within your Fire Risk Assessment. It does not provide detailed technical guidance on all fire safety provisions, and you might require further advice or need to consult the full standards and legislation.
Fire Risk Consultancy Services have the knowledge and experience to assist your business to comply with all legal requirements surrounding fire safety including legislation. Be sure to read our accompanying guides: Fire Alarm System Types, Fire Extinguishers, Emergency Lighting, Fire Doors, Fire Safety Signs, also published on this site.
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