It is very important that as a business owner, you do everything you can to keep your business premises safe and your staff well. Conducting risk assessments on your property is one part of this, as it will allow you to see any potential hazards that your business premises might pose to your property or your employees.
Preventing fire is one major part of your duty as an employer, and there are many things you can do to help diminish the chances of a fire starting and spreading.
One item that is very important to have on your premises is a fire extinguisher. A fire extinguisher is often ignored and overlooked but their importance is paramount to stop fire in its early stages.
You’ll probably recognise a fire extinguisher as being a red can which is usually hung up on a wall, which can be used to stop a fire as it starts. You will see fire extinguishers in hotels, pubs, restaurants and in shops. You may have stopped noticing them as they are so common but they are a crucial part to fire prevention and safety.
Your business premises should have several fire extinguishers on site depending on the size of your business. They should be placed near fire exits and also in areas where fire is likely to start, including any kitchen areas that you have on your property.
To highlight the effectiveness of fire extinguishers on a property, a 2002 British study found that 80% of fire incident cases were successfully treated when a portable fire extinguisher was present. Out of 75% of those cases, the fire department did not have to be called because the fire extinguisher was enough to put the fire out completely.
You and your staff can therefore feel a lot safer if you have appropriate fire extinguishers on the property. It is also important that you train your staff in the use of these fire extinguishers. A proper health and safety briefing, which is part of an induction of any new member of staff in your business, should involve this.
Total Fire Services are able to help you with your fire extinguisher maintenance and fire alarm systems. Serving Liverpool and nearby areas, Total Fire Services have been in this industry for many years. We know everything there is to know about fire safety and fire risk assessments.
We can even provide training and safety exercises so that you and your staff can feel as safe as possible whilst at work. Keeping your fire extinguishers well maintained is an important part of your job as an employer. Sometimes it is not enough to simply have a fire extinguisher on site, and it needs to be checked regularly to ensure that it can be used at any time so it can do its job properly.
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"
Kevin Bainbridge, Head of Safety & Technical Services[mc4wp_form]