Every business should be prepared from a health and safety level in the event of fire. Fire can strike anywhere, from the smallest cause, and can spread quickly through a building. You may start with a small spark in a bin and end up with a whole kitchen on fire – don’t let it happen to you.
The risk to a business through fire is huge. You may not only lose your building but your stock, assets, paperwork and staff. You have a moral and legal obligation to ensure everything is safe on your premises so that both you and your staff can feel safe. In fact, an employee can press charges if you do not provide them with a safe working environment.
Fire fighting equipment held on the premises is important. The safe use of an appropriate and maintained fire extinguisher is essential to control a fire in its early stages. This means that you can significantly reduce the risk to other people and assets on the premises.
Having one or two portable extinguishers should be appropriate for smaller properties with a few rooms. These should be readily available for use and placed in suitable places such as by an exit or in the kitchen. For bigger properties, more should be placed around and they should also be regularly checked. The bigger properties might also have hose reels and a complex fire alarm system in place.
It is also important to notify staff of how to behave in a fire situation. Training should be given and some companies even appoint fire marshals to act in the case of a fire and conduct regular fire drills.
All staff on your premises should be familiar with the basic operating of the fire equipment and more comprehensive training should be given to those people who are expected to act responsibly in a fire and take charge.
As a company, it is a good idea to have experts come in and conduct fire safety checks for you. Total Fire Services are a fire extinguisher servicing and fire alarm systems company based in in Bolton and we have many years’ experience conducting this line of work for all sized businesses in varying industries.
We can come and visit your property regularly and will inspect the entirety of the property, making checks such as:
We can help you with emergency lighting requirements, fire alarm installation, testing, training and much more. Total Fire also specialise in risk assessments, so you can be sure that you are fulfilling your employer obligation comprehensively and that nothing is left to chance. Call 01204 697 990 for more information.
What they say
"Due to internal resource issues we at Chessington World Of Adventures were struggling to meet our commitments of having "suitable and sufficient" fire risk assessment for all of our buildings and Rides on site. Meeting the challenge of maintaining our continued commitment to having "suitable and sufficient" fire risk assessments in place for all of our buildings and Rides on site required us to search for a competent third party supplier who could deliver our needs at a reasonable cost"
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