Business Fire Safety Checklist.
Fire Risk Assessment
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order recommends that buildings that contain more than 5 people undertake a fire risk assessment every 12 months. This review assesses a buildings fire risk and provides recommendations to make it safer if necessary.
New risk assessments must be undertaken every 5 years or if the purpose, structure, or layout of the building has changed. A new risk assessment is also required if the number of occupants has significantly changed or if there is a change of use.
Commercial premises, public buildings, offices and factories must implement fire doors throughout the building. This crucial mode of passive fire protection can dramatically slow the spread of fire. Fire doors are fitted with intumescent strips which expand when exposed to heat and fill the gap between the door and the frame, sealing the room and limiting the amount of oxygen available.
UK standards recommend that businesses should have at least 2 Class A fire extinguishers on every storey of the building. That’s because fire extinguishers have an important role to play when it comes to putting out small fires before they grow uncontrollable, and slowing the spread until emergency services are on the scene.
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Fire Detection & Alarm System
A high performing, reliable fire detection and alarm system is central to any business’ fire prevention measures. Early detection can minimise damage to property by enabling the fire to be controlled in its incipient stages. Professional installation, timely maintenance, and regular monitoring can mean the difference between a prevented fire and a risk to life.
In the event of an emergency, providing adequate emergency lighting helps people find their way and evacuate safely even if power fails. An essential part of a commercial fire prevention strategy should therefore involve regular testing of all bulk head lights, exit route lighting, and individual emergency lights.
Fire Escape & Evacuation
Wayfinding and guiding systems facilitate safe evacuation. In the event of a fire, emergency exit signs allow staff and members of the public to exit your building promptly, minimising the risk to life. It’s therefore vital to ensure routes and signage are fit for purpose and easy to follow.