Most fires are preventable. Those responsible for workplaces and other buildings to which the public have access can avoid them by taking responsibility for and adopting the right behaviours and procedures.

What must an employer do?

Employers (and/or building owners or occupiers) must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and keep it up to date.

Based on the findings of the assessment, employers need to ensure that adequate and appropriate fire safety measures are in place to minimise the risk of injury or loss of life in the event of a fire.

Once you have identified the risks, you can take appropriate action to control them. Consider whether you can avoid them altogether or, if this is not possible, how you can reduce the risks and manage them. Also consider how you will protect people if there is a fire.

  • Carry out a fire safety risk assessment
  • Keep sources of ignition and flammable substances apart
  • Avoid accidental fires, eg make sure heaters cannot be knocked over
  • Ensure good housekeeping at all times, eg avoid build-up of rubbish that could burn
  • Consider how to detect fires and how to warn people quickly if they start, eg installing smoke alarms and fire alarms or bells
  • Have the correct fire-fighting equipment for putting a fire out quickly
  • Keep fire exits and escape routes clearly marked and unobstructed at all times
  • Ensure your workers receive appropriate training on procedures they need to follow, including fire drills
  • Review and update your risk assessment regularly

Fire Risk Assessments

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that fire risk assessments must be carried out in businesses and organisations by a responsible person. Most companies do not have personnel with the required skills and competence to properly assess the risks and define the necessary corrective actions.

Our highly experienced team of Fire Risk Assessors will inspect your site, identify potential risks, and create a detailed fire risk assessment report which will clearly identify the solutions needed to improve the fire safety within your business or organisation.

Fire Extinguisher Installation and Servicing

Fire extinguisher maintenance is required to be undertaken every year according to the British Standard Code of Practice BS 5306 Part 3, to ensure maximum safety of fire extinguishers is apparent.

Our quality fire extinguishers will provide many years of reliable fire protection but despite the five year manufacturers’ guarantee, an annual fire protection service by a competent engineer is still required.

Fire Safety Training

We can provide all training required by your business to ensure not only compliance, but to give your colleagues the information and confidence to act safely and responsibly should a fire occur. We provide the following services as standard but can create bespoke packages to suit every business and budget:

  • Fire Marshall / Warden Training
  • Emergency Evacuation Training
  • Live Fire Extinguisher Training (this can be scenario based dependant on available area)

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