Following guidance from the Fire Risk Assessment Network, Maintaining fire safety in the workplace is critical to any business. Not only does the right security prevent loss of life and property, it is often a legal imperative in order to even be open for business. That’s on top of what should be an obvious moral imperative. Making sure that your business’ physical location has appropriate fire safety in place can be accomplished with specific, concrete steps. Keep reading into the following paragraphs to learn what some of them are so you can keep your business, employees and customers safe. Always ensure you have a Kent fire risk assessment in place for your business to reduce the risk of fire.
1) Have regular fire drills. Your staff and employees should know exactly under what circumstances to evacuate a building, so fire drills should involve the fire alarms going off so they know what the relevant sights and sounds are. Everyone on duty should not only know where the fire exits are, but also how to calmly and quickly guide both coworkers and customers or guests out of the building to safety outdoors.
2) Have fire extinguishers and sprinklers tested regularly. While some businesses just go out and buy the cheapest extinguishers they can find, they do lose compression over time. It’s better to have service contracts where a technician comes out regularly and certifies that any suppression systems or supplies on hand are in full and working order. In many communities, this is not just advised but legally required.
3) Get the initial fire inspection when you open. Any business open to the public, and even some that are just for private use, are required to have a fire inspection prior to being legally used. This typically involves a thorough checklist as well as receiving a determination of how many people can safely occupy a facility. Make sure that certificate is posted visibly, as often mandated, and never let your total headcount go over that number. Also honor any recommendations and especially required upgrades suggested by the inspectors.
4) Have your own fire and safety inspections at regular intervals too. Some municipalities are willing to come in and do such inspections when asked too, but it’s also a good idea to have professionals come in and analyze your situation. Even if your initial construction and inspection went well, things can change over time. Make sure that your building is still up to code and using the latest advances in fire prevention and technology.
5) Check in with your building insurer regularly. You not only need to make sure that your setup meets their minimums for coverage, but they might have suggestions you can take advantage of. In fact, keeping up with their recommendations might even minimize the premiums they charge. Take advantage of every discount you can.
6) Make sure that employees are trained in fire safety. This is critical when they are hired, but also needs to be reinforced regularly with further updates and testing. Not only do you want your employees to maintain good habits of general fire safety, they need to be mindful of fire hazards that come specific to your business’ niche or industry. Specific chemicals and equipment, even some vehicles and industrial processes, are all potential fire risks. Make sure that employees know how to do their work safely.
Now that you have read these tips on how to maintain fire safety in the workplace, you can see to it that your business stays open and operational without any jeopardy to those inside. Review your business’ fire technologies and protocols regularly to make sure they are thorough and up to date. Your own knowledge and confidence should be an example all your employees can model.