What is a fire risk assessment?
Nobody wants to think about the devastation that a fire could cause if it was to break out in their office or commercial building, but it is important that you do everything you can to prepare for this and protect your business. As of 2006, businesses were required to carry out their own fire risk assessments but they can use the help of professional fire safety consultants to do this.
A fire risk assessment will look at various different items of your building and assess any possible hazards. There will look at fire hazards, investigate who would be in danger if a fire did break out, evaluate the risks in the office or building and see what can be done to limit these, create a fire safety document with a plan of action in it, and review the fire risk assessment on a regular basis or when necessary.
The most common cause of fire which will be highlighted by fire risk assessment is an abundance of electrical equipment and wiring. All electrical equipment should be tested annually, and extension cords should not be heavily relied upon. Overloaded power socket can also be an issue, and if there are not enough outlets for all of your electricals, it is advised that you move to a big office. Staff should also be warned of the risks involved with electricals and this should be a part of your fire safety documents.
A fire risk assessment might also look at the tidiness of an area. Keeping places tidy, including evacuation areas like stairwells and corridors, is also important. If somebody slips or falls, injury is not as much as a risk if the area is tidy and neat.
Fire safety training is also sometimes a solution that comes out of a fire risk assessment. All members of staff need to know what they should do in the event of a fire, but comprehensive fire training could be invested in for specific members of staff. They will be able to help in the event of a fire to evacuate the building or use a fire extinguisher to help tame the fire. Store rooms also need to be tidied. There is usually a lot of flammable material in a store room, which must be kept controlled at all times.
Total Fire Services can help you conduct a comprehensive fire risk assessment for your business in Warrington. Out of this, we can suggest solutions which will help to keep your business and your employees as safe as possible. Contact us today for a free fire health check.
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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