Who can Service a Fire Extinguisher?
In a recent blog of ours, we spoke about how often fire extinguishers need to be serviced. It can be surprising just how regularly they need to be checked and serviced. However, they’re a vital piece of equipment in the protection of people and businesses, so neglecting a fire extinguisher’s maintenance could result in a disaster.
How to Get a Fire Safety Certificate (You Can't)
Ensuring your business premises are compliant with Fire Safety legislation is essential.
Under past legislation, the Fire Authority would issue a Fire Safety Certificate to demonstrate that the workplace met the required standards of fire safety.
Does a Fire Warden Need Training?
Your workplace should be a safe environment for everyone: yourself, your employees, your colleagues and any customers you have entering the premises. If you are the business owner or employer you will find that responsibility for fire safety in the workplace, by default, falls on your shoulders.
What Type of Fire Extinguisher Do I Need?
Of course it’s vital to comply with Fire Safety Legislation. However having the correct equipment installed will also give you peace of mind from knowing that you have minimised the risk of harm to staff and property caused by incorrect extinguisher selection.
What is Fire Extinguisher Maintenance?
In order for your business to be compliant with British Standard (BS) 5306:3 2009, the fire extinguishers within your business need to be serviced every 12 months. This is because fire extinguishers are a pressurised container and we rely on that pressure to put out fires. Since pressurised things have a tendency to leak, it’s essential that they are maintained regularly so that they function when required.
Should Employees Have Fire Extinguisher Training?
As an employer you have a seemingly endless list of responsibilities. None of these responsibilities are more important or have more costly ramifications than the safety of your employees. Your responsibilities therefore branch into training employees in the use of equipment, including fire extinguishers
Who is Responsible for Business Fire Safety?
In an ideal world every member of a company would be responsible for fire safety. Every employee and employer would ensure they were following process and procedure and demonstrating an awareness of the risks that can lead to fires.
In reality, it is probably more likely that the majority of employees are not completely familiar with fire procedures and certainly will not be up to speed on the responsibilities of the ‘responsible’ person as detailed in the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005.
How Often Should a Fire Extinguisher be Serviced?
You have to routinely inspect and maintain the equipment to ensure that it will function correctly in an emergency. These requirements are set out in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
The Cost of False Fire Alarms
The hard truth is that most fire alarm and detection systems do not actually cause the false alarms – it is much more likely that it is due to mismanagement, lack of training and an absence of responsibility and procedures.
So, what do you need to know and consider in relation to false fire alarms?
Do Business Vehicles Require Fire Extinguishers?
As an employer, you have a number of legal requirements to satisfy, procedures to implement and documentation to record. It’s a minefield out there and knowing your legal requirements can be tough. One such struggle is knowing your responsibilities when it comes to health and safety in business vehicles. Do they need fire extinguishers?
What Happens If There's A Fire In A Hospital
Fire risk assessments and awareness training are an important part of any business. They ensure that employees are educated as to the hazards and fire risks within a workplace. They educate staff in ways to reduce these risks, how to act in the event of a fire, and how to identify people that are most at risk in a fire situation.