2017 is finally here, making this an ideal time to review your safety protocols and introduce new measures to prevent workplace accidents.
By resolving to improve standards within your business, you can protect employees, abide by government legislation and avoid costly legal disputes.
Wondering where to start? Here are four fire safety resolutions for this year:
Maintain fire safety equipment
In the event of a fire, the last thing you want to discover is that your smoke alarm doesn’t work and the fire extinguisher is empty. Although workplace fires are rare, there could come a time when you’re depending on fire safety equipment to save lives.
So this year, make sure your equipment is appropriately serviced and accredited. Also be sure to regularly test your smoke alarm.
Carry out regular fire risk assessments
It’s vital that all businesses carry out fire risk assessments to ensure their premises are safe and those within the building are protected.
If you don’t already conduct risk assessments when necessary, not only are you breaking the law, you could also be putting people in danger. Make this the year you carry out a thorough inspection and highlight potential hazards.
By closely inspecting your premises and identifying any risks, you can implement new fire safety strategies designed to protect your employees and customers.
Train your employees
Training your employees can be a great way of improving standards across your company and strengthening fire safety practices. All employees should know exactly what to do in the event of a fire and, if you have any employees who need assistance to exit the building safely, a plan of action needs to be in place to help them.
Give someone the role of fire safety marshall
This year, send a member of staff on a fire safety marshall course.
Training courses can often be completed within the space of a few hours and the person receiving the training will learn what to do in the event of a fire and how to guide others to safety.
They’ll also learn how to use a fire extinguisher and will be educated on whether or not to try and tackle a small fire themselves or leave it to the fire service.
At the end of the course, your employee will receive a certificate as proof of their attendance.
To learn more about improving fire safety in your business, please get in touch with the team at Total Fire Services. We can help you strengthen existing safety measures and abide by government legislation.