Nobody wants to spend their time worrying about accidents at work and house fires, but the reality is that accidents happen. If you own or rent a home or you work in an office, bar or hospital, it’s wise to be aware of fire risks. Fire alarm awareness can help to save lives.
Fire alarm awareness: when the fire alarm goes off
If you hear the fire alarm, it’s important to act quickly, but stay calm. Walk, don’t run. Head to the nearest fire exit and encourage others to do the same. Leave the building and make for the fire assembly point. This should be clearly marked on notices around your workplace. When you hear the alarm, resist the temptation to collect any possessions. Just get yourself out of the building as soon as you can.
When you reach the fire assembly point, the designated fire wardens should have a list of names to check that everyone is present and correct. Listen out for your name. If you hear that people are missing, do not try and go back into the building. Leave this job to the fire fighters. They have the expertise and relevant safety equipment to do the job much more effectively. It’s important that you know what to do in a fire. Look out for safety notices and ask your boss if you’re unsure. Fire alarm awareness will enable you to act rapidly in the event of a fire.
Fire alarm maintenance
Once you have fire alarms installed, it’s essential to keep up with basic maintenance tasks. You will need to check the batteries on a regular basis. It’s also a good idea to have practice fire alarms so that people get used to the drill. Frequent practices can increase fire alarm awareness and reduce the risk of being injured at work.
Claiming compensation following a fire
Most compensation cases relate to work accidents, slips and trips and road traffic accidents. However, it may be possible to claim compensation following a fire if the fire was caused by defective equipment or negligence on behalf of somebody else, for example an electrician.
It may also be possible to claim as a result of a lack of fire alarm awareness on the part of your boss. If the batteries in smoke alarms had died when a fire broke out, for example, you may be able to claim.
If you’re thinking of making a claim, call Accident Advice Helpline. We have more than 15 years of experience in the claims industry and our expert personal injury lawyers will help you to claim no-win no-fee* compensation with minimal hassle. Our freephone lines are open now on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice