The past few weeks have seen lockdown restrictions lifted for several industry sectors, many businesses are beginning to return to their workplaces and set to re-open over the coming weeks and months too. So it is really important to ensure the safety of premises not only from the risks associated with Covid-19 but from dangers associated with Fire Safety (fire safety norms for commercial buildings).
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It is important to confirm when it comes to ensuring their spaces are safe to welcome back customers, visitors, and staff alike because failure to pay attention to fire safety products in your place could have devastating results. Comprehending this fact, the team at VariEx has come up with a certain Fire Safety Checklist to ensure you are meeting all of your legal safety requirements (Fire protection requirements for buildings) and that you protect your premises and your people from fire hazards.
Have a look at the list of fire emergency procedures in the workplace that need to follow.
Fire Safety Equipment
It is essential to make sure you have the appropriate fire extinguishers and fire alarms in relevant areas throughout the building yet appropriately placed; fire alarms tested frequently, at least once a week; staff trained on how to use fire safety equipment in the event of a fire. It is also crucial to keep in your mind that different types of fire extinguishers need to be used with different kinds of fires and it can be disastrous if anything wrong happens.
Fire Evacuation Plan
Regular fire drills ensure everyone lets you know how to evacuate in a fire emergency. All must know where to go and what to do if a fire breaks out (fire signage can guide you). In addition to this, the fire evacuation plan or fire escape plan or fire exit plan or fire evacuation checklist needs to get updated with every staffing or office layout change.
One more valid reason for causing workplace fires is faulty or badly maintained electrical appliances, hence make sure they're all regularly checked with the relevant standards. Also, look out for overuse as you may find too many plugs in one socket and exposed wires, and ensure all combustible materials or flammable liquids have been removed from the same area as electrical items.
If you have a restaurant or hotel-related business, which means your workplace uses kitchens. Therefore make sure the premise is equipped with a ventilation system using extractor fans; ventilation systems regularly cleaned and maintained; temperature controls installed for cooking equipment; a type K fire extinguisher or kitchen fire extinguisher, dry chemical fire extinguisher/fire cylinder installed in the cooking area. Last but not the least, the appropriate steps should be taken to ensure proper and safe use of cooking facilities.
Your business must have specially-trained fire wardens or fire officers to help maintain calm when a fire begins. As it’s a part of their role, they can also take on the role of helping to check fire equipment regularly without forgetting or getting distracted by other tasks.
At VariEx, our fire safety professionals can assist you in reviewing your workplace’s current fire systems, fire protection equipment/fire fighting appliances, and procedures to ensure whether your building premise is following your legal obligations under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Fire safety training for fire prevention and protection should be undertaken during the onboarding process of new employees to ensure knowledge retention that helps everyone to be aware of what constitutes a fire hazard and can watch out for issues in their day-to-day work. Contact us (one of the trusted fire safety equipment suppliers and dealers) today to discuss your requirements or any of the other fire safety equipment services we supply, and we’ll be happy to assist you.