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How to Ensure Your Staff are Safe From Fire Risks.

20 November 2012

Running a business comes with a lot of risks of its own, but what about risks in terms of fire safety? A fire may start on your business property for a number of reasons and at any time. Make sure you have the right measures in place.


Running a business comes with a lot of risks of its own, but what about risks in terms of fire safety? A fire may start on your business property for a number of reasons and if your office is still very paper based it could all go up in flames in a matter of seconds. Something may over heat and set a flammable product alight, there may be an accident in the kitchen or an electrical fire may break out in the photocopying room. Either way fires can do damage to your property but could be a serious risk for your staff, make sure you have the right measures in place.

Do you have hard of hearing or deaf staff?

If you employ deaf or hard of hearing staff it is a risk to purely reply on fire alarms to make your employees aware of a fire risk. Luckily there are other types of alarms that allow the deaf to hear if there is a fire if they work on their own or may not have any other members of staff around them for periods of time.

Usually the deaf or hard of hearing may be able to hear a fire alarm, however if machinery is operating nearby such as a photocopying machine or a telephone ringing they may not be able to distinguish the sound. In this case a messaging service type of deaf fire alarm would be useful. All the deaf and hard of hearing members of staff will be linked up via their mobiles to a device on site that will text the staff members when the fire alarm sounds.

Do you have the correct fire compliance signs up?

It’s important to remember that even though most of this information is given during health and safety and through fire safety courses it is easy to forget these facts when under the pressure and stress of a fire taking place within the building. By having clear and simple instructions of what to do and where to go during a fire you can ensure that your staff will be able to comply with the safety procedures and will be able to access the refuge area without any harm.

You will need to have fire signs to show to emergency exit points so that during a fire your staff members will be easily able to find their way out if one of the other fire exits is blocked. You will need signs to show which fire extinguisher to use and how to fight a fire. There are other signs you might need such as how to fight a fire with a fire blanket in the kitchen in case a small fire occurs when your staff members are making their lunches. Other signs around the building will need to show instructions of what to do in the case of a fire and where the refuge area is to make sure everyone makes it out safety.

It is always important to remember that during a fire alarm it is safest to leave calmly through the closest emergency fire exit. Your staff may already know this but it is important to make sure you have the correct fire compliance up to remind them.

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