Tips to be prepared for a fire on your business premises are based on the same principles applied to the prevention of accidents at work.
5 tips to be prepared for a fire
These tips to be prepared for a fire include:
- Risk assessment
- Good Housekeeping
- Safe working practices
- Detection, alarm and response
1. Risk assessment
The first of the tips to be prepared for a fire is always based on the need to ensure everyone within or close to the premises has the ability to escape quickly and without risk of being injured at work.
As such, you must carry out a fire risk assessment to identify key fire hazards and suitable measures that can be put into place to prevent a fire at work. This also includes construction an emergency evacuation plan. Regularly reviewing and, if necessary, modifying your risk assessment and contingency plan is elementary.
2. Good housekeeping
Good housekeeping practices include:
- Keeping passages, walkways and other areas clutter-free
- Storing high risk substances and products appropriately and safely
- Always storing and using chemicals in well ventilated areas
These measures not only help to prevent work accidents, but also ensure employees have the ability to access escape routes, emergency exits and fire-fighting equipment quickly and easily.
3. Safe working practices
Faulty machinery and electrical equipment and smoking are among the key contributors to fires at work. Safe working practices must therefore include:
- Keeping all machinery well maintained to prevent friction sparks and overheating
- Having electrical equipment regularly tested and repaired only by qualified personnel
- Designating smoking areas and making sure smokers use them and properly extinguish cigarettes, etc.
4. Detection, alarm and response
Tips to be prepared for fire also include:
- Displaying emergency numbers and your company’s full address prominently near an easily accessible telephone.
- Testing smoke detectors and fire alarms regularly
- Changing batteries in these gadgets yearly
- Replacing the complete units every 10 years
- Having fire extinguishers suitable for your company’s specific needs, at least one per floor, or one per every 200 square metres, and regularly checking them
- Installing fire doors, which must be kept closed
Training employees in good housekeeping and safe working practices and use of fire-fighting equipment is imperative, as is having regular fire drills in order to ensure everybody knows what to do and where to go in case of a fire.
Accidents at work
If you are injured by fire through no fault of your own, you may qualify for work injury compensation. Discuss your workplace injury with Accident Advice Helpline staff on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, to get your claim started.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice