Posted: 6 September 2018
Fire safety isn’t a very sexy thing. Many businesses think it will never happen to them anyway, so why bother with testing the fire alarm, making sure fire doors work properly and practicing the fire evacuation drill? Fires are things that happen to other people. And, of course, they are right – right up to the point where they are horribly wrong.
We hope that it’ll never be you, standing in the smoking ruin of your building, contemplating the loss of your business, your livelihood and maybe worse. But wishing won’t make it so. Only good planning and proper precautions will reduce your risk of being that person. So, what does the average business need to do?
10-16 September is The National Fire Chiefs’ Council Business Safety Week, during which Fire and Rescue Services all over the country will be reminding businesses about the support and help available to them, and also reminding them how to keep their staff, customers and visitors safe from fire.
As an employer, you have a duty to make sure a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment has been carried out for your premises, and also to take notice of the actions that are recommended by that assessment.
There’s lots of good guidance out there to help you with this, but if you aren’t sure, Safety Management Limited can help you. We have years of experience of carrying out fire risk assessments, in a wide variety of premises and would be pleased to quote for helping you with yours.
On a day to day basis, you need to be doing the simple things. These are the things that are very easy to do, but which if not done properly can have a devastating effect in a fire. Based on our recent findings, while carrying out fire risk assessments, here’s some things to check:
Fire doesn’t wait for a convenient time. It doesn’t wait for you to clear the corridors and move the boxes. It doesn’t wait till you’ve got the fire alarm serviced, your staff trained, or the emergency lights working properly. It could happen now, today. Would you be ready? If the answer is not a categorical “yes”, then today is the day to do something about it before it happens to you and it’s too late.
For further advice or assistance for your business, please contact Safety Management.
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