It is extremely important to ensure that you do everything that you possibly can to make sure that a fire does not break out in your business. Not only is a fire in your workplace a completely devastating thing to happen, but it is extremely dangerous and can put many people’s lives at risk. You must also make it clear, that it is not just up to the owner or manager of a business to prevent a fire from breaking out in the business, but it is also the employee’s as well. If everyone in the workplace are weary of the risks of fire and understand how to prevent one from happening, it is likely that you will reduce the risk of a fire happening.
Follow these 10 steps to prevent a fire from starting in your workplace.
- If you work with chemicals, it is important that you use them safely. You will also have to take the time to ensure that you store them away safely. You will need to keep them in a place that is secure and away from any chance of ignition.
- You should get all the electrical appliances in the workplace serviced regularly. If you come across any fraying or faulty wiring, you should contact an electrician immediately. You should never attempt to fix electrical appliances yourself as you could be putting yourself and others around you at high risk.
- You should make sure that you always operate heaters carefully in the workplace. You are advised not to use small, portable heaters in the business as they are at high risk of electrical faults. If you do use a small portable heater, they should have an emergency stop switch.
- Never overload plug sockets in the workplace and avoid using too many extension cords. If you overload plug sockets and extension leads, you are at higher risk of a fire starting.
- You will need to ensure that you have the correct fire protection in place in the workplace. You may need sprinkler systems or fire and blast protection installed to your business to control the fire from going out of control and spreading.
- It is extremely important that you always keep your workplace clutter free. Clutter is known to higher the risk of a fire breaking out. You should also make sure that fire exits are never obstructed, so in the case of an emergency you can make a quick evacuation.
- You should ensure that no smoking takes place inside the building, and that it only takes place in designated smoking areas outside.
- Ensure that all employees are up to date with their fire protection and fire prevention training. They should also know what to do in the case of a fire breaking out and how to use a fire extinguisher.
- Make sure that the building has smoke alarms and early warning smoke alarms installed. You should also check that they are working weekly.
- You should always know who is in the building, to ensure that you do; you should supply a signing in and out book.
Guest Author : Stuart works on behalf of www.solentcomposites.com who ensure that businesses are protected from fire.