Fires at the workplace can be devastating for any company, regardless of size, status, or location. According to official statistics, there are approximately 25,000 fires each year in England and Wales. Many businesses will never fully recover from fire damage, so prevention is critical.
In this article, we’ll discuss some of the top tips on how to ensure that your workplace building is as protected and safe as possible in the event of a fire.
Workplace Fire Safety Tips
Take a look at these fire safety tips we’ve compiled for you. They cover the most important aspects of keeping a fire from happening or helping you to evacuate as quickly as possible in the case that one occurs.
Fire Detection Systems
The first important step in keeping your business safe from fire damage is to install a fire detection system. These systems are designed to alert authorities in the event of a fire and can save lives, as they provide you with valuable time for evacuating your workplace.
Fire detection systems and alarms should be installed by experienced professionals, such as Britannia Fire & Security, and maintained regularly in order to remain legally compliant and maximise safety.
Have an Emergency Fire Plan
In addition to having a fire detection system in place, it’s important to have an emergency evacuation plan. This should be prominently displayed and easy to understand for all employees.
Rehearsing the evacuation plan regularly can help ensure that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire.
Fire Escape Routes
It’s important to make sure that your employees know the location of all fire escape routes. In the event of a fire, it’s crucial that everyone evacuates quickly and safely.
Keep these escape routes clear and well lit at all times and be sure to have an alternate route planned in case of an emergency.
Designate a Fire Warden
There should be a designated fire warden at your workplace. In the event of an emergency, this person will help direct employees toward safe evacuation routes and ensure that no one is left behind.
Fire wardens should be trained in fire-safety procedures, as well as know how to operate fire extinguishing equipment, by professionals who are qualified in fire safety.
Fire extinguishers are the first line of defence against small fires. They should be located in visible and easy-to-access places throughout your workplace, such as in hallways or near exits. It’s imperative that the people in charge of fire safety know the difference between the various types of fire extinguisher, and when it is necessary to use each one – depending on the kind of fire.
It’s important to ensure that all fire escape routes are well-lit in the event of a power failure. Emergency lighting should be installed throughout your workplace to help employees exit safely and quickly, as well as any visitors who may be onsite at that time.
Fire Safety Signs
Are they simple to understand and accessible to those with limited vision or a non-English speaking background? All fire safety signs should include images that can be recognised at a glance by anyone. Make sure they’re well lit so that people can see them in an emergency, even if the electricity goes out.
Fire Safety Training for Employees
Provide regular fire safety training for your employees. Make sure they know where all emergency exits are, how to reach them safely and quickly in the event of an emergency situation such as a fire – including any alternate routes that may need using due to blocked access points.
People with disabilities should not be left behind during evacuations, so make sure everyone knows who these individuals are (if applicable) so that they can provide assistance.
The most important thing to remember about fire drills is that they should be conducted regularly – at least once a year. If your workplace has a high risk of fires, then you may want to conduct them more frequently than this (e.g. every six months).
During these drills, it’s essential everyone knows what their role will be in an emergency situation such as evacuation routes and who needs assistance if necessary.
There you have it, the top fire safety tips for workplace buildings. Following these steps will be sure to prevent the amount of damage caused by a fire, as well as providing employees with enough time to evacuate the building safely.