Every business in Bury, regardless of its size or staffing levels, should be prepared from a health and safety perspective 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.
You may not only lose your building but your stock, assets, paperwork and staff, so the risk to a business through fire is huge. There is also an important moral and legal obligation to ensure everything is safe on your premises. In fact, employees can even seek legal action if an employer fails to provide a sufficient and safe working environment.
It’s important to hold even the most basic of fire fighting equipment on the premises. 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. Larger premises may even be equipped with hose reels and complex fire alarm systems.
It’s also extremely 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, to which 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. Covering a variety of different industries, Total Fire Services are a fire extinguisher servicing and fire alarm systems company based in North West, England and have many years’ experience conducting this line of work for all sized businesses.
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 Services also specialise in conducting professional risk assessments within the Bury area, so you can be sure that you are fulfilling your employer obligation comprehensively and that nothing is left to chance.
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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