Every workplace should be careful when it comes to potential fire hazards. Having the right health and safety measures in place means that you will be less likely to fall victim to a fire of any sort and will know how to handle the situation if a fire does occur. Here, we will look at the six things you need to be aware of that will help you to manage a fire in the workplace if the event occurred and how Safety Aide can help.
While a fire in the workplace may not occur often, it is important to be prepared. Make sure that you have all the right fire equipment around your building. This includes fire extinguishers – which can come in different types to deal with different types of fires. You should also have fire blankets, fire buckets, and escape equipment clearly signposted so that employees know where to access them.
2. Carry Out Risk Assessments
Make sure to carry out risk assessments of your workplace to assess if there are any areas where you can improve your fire safety. This can include being more careful when using equipment and ensuring no flammable equipment is out of date, and that all your fire equipment is current and functional.
3. Store Materials Carefully
If you work with combustible materials, you need to check that these are being stored appropriately to lower the chances of a fire breaking out. All employees should be educated on this.
4. Don’t Block Fire Exits
Fire exits must remain clear at all times, and fire doors must not be propped open for any reason. If you see this happening, make sure employees understand why making changes are important to overall safety.
5. Be Careful With Sockets
In an increasingly modern world, we need more power than ever. But simply overloading a socket can cause a fire – so check that this is not happening, and if it is you might need to update your electrical system.
6. Train Employees
The most important factor in fire safety and preventing fires is ensuring that your employees are fully trained in how to handle the materials they are working with, and what to do in case of a fire. You should have fire wardens on site who can help during a fire, but all employees should know what to do in an emergency, with signs around the building clearly displaying this information.
With these six things in mind, you will be better equipped to prevent fires in the workplace. If you want further support with a fire safety consultation, get in touch with Safety Aide. We have a range of health and safety-related consultations available, training for staff, and we follow fire safety consultants UK regulations, so you are always compliant with current rules. Get in touch to see how we could best help you.
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