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Fire extinguisher maintenanceIn 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.

extinguisher useAs 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

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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.

fire-extinguisher-1190913 960 720As a business owner, you’re responsible for the safety of your building, employees and visitors. This includes the provision of adequate fire safety equipment throughout the building. However, simply providing the equipment for firefighting and protection is not enough. 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.

Red Box Fire Control is a well-established and independent Fire Safety Service provider. We currently have a vacancy to recruit a Fire Extinguisher Service Engineer who is ideally located in the Reading/Maidenhead/Slough area.

time-273857 640Within any business regardless of the sector, premises or size, it is essential to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment. The ‘responsible’ person must arrange this, identifying what needs to be done to prevent fire and potential risk of harm to people and property. A written record must be maintained at all times.

Messy WiresFire Safety Awareness is being aware of any potential hazards and promoting fire safety measures to address them. All working environments should adopt this concept. Failure to do so could mean risking lives in the event of an emergency. This is a list of basic points to consider in any working environment.

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Even the most highly trained and level headed of people can need help in an emergency. Whilst fire safety training is hugely important, it’s simply not enough to rely on to ensure that everyone is safe and sound in the event of an emergency.

Correct fire safety signage is the next step in fire safety management and the law expects compliance with the Fire Safety Order 2005 and the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals Regulations) 1996.

people-2567566 640Whether you’re the “responsible person” in the business or simply a concerned employee, it’s important to understand if your office is fire safe. Ensuring fire safety in an office environment can be a difficult task, there are a number of risks and hazards, and staff who may require training. Needless to say, regardless of its difficulty, fire safety is one of the most important things for a business to get right and stay on top of.

candle-2992645 640Christmas is a time to be merry and get into the festive spirit, and your workplace is no exception. However, you must remember that decorations and trees can easily become a fire hazard. It’s very important to check your fixtures and to ensure they do not become a hazard this holiday season; here are a few pointers on how to avoid dangers in the workplace, or indeed at home.

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