Fire Safety – Preventive measures

practices that prevent fires from starting

With the recent tragedy at Grenfell Towers in London and the evacuation of many other buildings in England that are posing the same risk, we are wanting to bring Fire Safety to the attention of businesses and outline practices that prevent fires from starting.

There are loads of practices that prevent fires from starting. Businesses should be asking themselves is, “Have I got the right measures in place to prevent any Fire Safety incidents that may result in injuries or be life threatening?”

The below list is not an exhaustive one, however it will make you aware of what measures you should have in place to ensure not only your safety but the safety of all employees who work within your business;

  • Making sure that you have completed a Fire Risk Assessment
  • Ensuring that the Fire Alarm is tested weekly
  • Fire Evacuation procedure and does all staff know what to do
  • Fire Extinguishers are being serviced annually
  • Ensure that Emergency Lighting is tested and in working order
  • Electrical testing (PAT testing & Fixed wire testing)
  • Gas Safety Checks
  • Ensure that Flammable materials / Substances are segregated from ignition sources
  • Smoke Detection and ‘hi vis’ clothing to be seen in smoke
  • Are all your staff trained in Fire Safety at induction and at regular intervals throughout?

We are also wanting to bring attention to Home Fire Safety. This is just as important because not only is it for your own protection but it is for your family, friends or anyone that maybe at your property.

By asking yourself these simple questions, “Do I have enough practices that prevent fires from starting in place to protect my family?” or “Can I evacuate my home quickly and easily if there is a fire?” you may be protecting yourself and others from the result of any serious injuries or even death.

Again this is not an exhaustive list but it should bring awareness to you to ensure that you are prepared for any incidents that could happen;

  • Smoke Detectors
  • Keys are kept close to the door (if not in the door) to ensure a quick escape
  • If you lock your windows, ensure that you keep the keys in the window
  • Do you have a small Fire extinguisher in case of emergencies
  • Ensure that all plugs are switched off when not in use, before leaving the house or at night
  • Regular Gas Safety Checks
  • Electrical equipment tested
  • Ensure Plug sockets and extensions cables are not overloaded

If you need assistance with this or any other HR issue, please do not hesitate to contact Martin
Miller our Fire Safety Officer or HR Team at HR Services Scotland Ltd on 0800 652 2610.

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