Fire Safety Equipment Every Workplace Should Have
As an employer, you’re responsible for putting in place and maintaining appropriate fire safety measures. This includes making sure your workplace has suitable fire safety equipment. There’s a wide range of apparatus that you’ll need for your business including products to detect and warn you of an impending fire as well as equipment to put it out safely.
How to Tell if Your Fire Extinguisher Has Expired
A well-maintained fire extinguisher could last for many years. However, most fire extinguishers don’t come with an expiry date and most people often don’t know when the fire extinguisher was first purchased to know how long it has been sat in your building.
We explain what you can look out for when determining when to replace an extinguisher if there is no set expiry date.
Should you have a fire extinguisher in your home?
There are many ways a fire could start in your own home such as faulty electrical goods, candles, fireplaces that are left burning, and leaving cooking appliances unattended to name a few. There are many fire risks and having a fire extinguisher in your home could help you:
Why do fire extinguishers need to be serviced?
Fire extinguishers are often taken for granted and indeed we pass them in the corridor so often that we cease to notice them. If your extinguishers are not regularly checked to ensure they are in working order it could result in disaster. Here are the main things the service technician will be looking out for when servicing a fire extinguisher:
What are the 5 steps of a Fire Risk Assessment?
A fire risk assessment should be carried out by the Responsible Person of the building or assigned to a third-party risk assessor. This report can be very detailed and it is always recommended to get a qualified fire risk assessor to complete this. The five main steps that will be looked at in the fire risk assessment are:
Fire Risk Assessments - What is the law?
Under new Fire Safety legislation introduced in 2006, the responsible person for a premise is required to carry out a fire risk assessment.
Businesses no longer need a fire certificate, but evidence of assessments will be required.
What Is A Fire Blanket and How Do You Use It?
A fire blanket is a simple fire safety appliance designed to tackle small contained fires usually found in a kitchen.
A traditional fire blanket is constructed from a sheet of woven fire-resistant material and is stored in a wall mounted container. A standard blanket can withstand temperatures of up to 900 degrees Celsius.
The Risk of Fire in Schools
A fire risk assessment is an essential part of any business, including educational establishments. In a school or college, there are a range of people who could be vulnerable if a fire broke out, including students, staff, parents and contractors.
Many school buildings pose a higher risk due to the high number of people in the building at one time. A fire risk assessment should address the risks posed to all the above groups and should be reviewed regularly.
Know Your Fire Safety Signs
Fire safety signs are used to provide health and safety information to warn anyone entering a building of a hazard, to provide instruction or to give out safety information. We explain what each one means and what to look out for in our latest blog.
Do You Have A Plan In Place If There Is An Emergency?
If you are an employer, owner or occupier of premises that do not constitute a private home it is your responsibility to keep occupants safe should a fire break out. By law, you are required to have a fire emergency plan in place so that people can quickly reach a place of safety.