If you own a business, you have a legal responsibility to protect your staff and customers. One of the most common hazards which could affect your business is fire. Below is a guide which will help to ensure that you are doing everything you can to protect your business from the risk of fire.
Check out the kitchen areas
If your business has a staff rest area with kitchen facilities, this should be an area you should target when reviewing your fire safety set-up. Because kitchens contain appliances which generate heat, they are a location where fires can easily start. You can help to maintain fire safety in kitchen areas by ensuring that appliances are regularly serviced and by installing fire equipment such as fire blankets and fire extinguishers. If they are not already in place, you may wish to install a sprinkler system in the kitchen area as this can help to quickly suppress a fire, helping to stop it turning into an inferno. It is also a good idea to invest in signs reminding staff and visitors to turn off appliances when they are not in use.
Check out the wiring
Next, you should call in an electrical contractor and ask them to check the wiring in the building. Faulty wiring is a leading cause of electrical fires. The contractor will be able to isolate and replace any damaged wiring they come across. It is also a good idea to invest in power fire extinguishers which are safe for use on electrical fires.
Check out your training schedule
It is no good investing in firefighting equipment if your staff do not know how to use it or how often it needs to be inspected by a fire appliance servicing company. It is a good idea to send all staff on fire safety training so they can learn about how various types of fire can start and the actions they should take in an emergency. Once staff have attended training, it is good to follow up with refresher training on a periodic basis to keep their skills up-to-date.
If you are interested in finding out more about improving fire safety in your workplace, you should get touch with a local company which specialises in this area. A member of the team will be happy to visit your workplace to assess your current set-up before making recommendations on how fire safety can be improved.