Following recent fire statistics from the Home Office, Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, is sharing four vital steps a business can take to protect itself from a fire.
These statistics show fire and rescue services (FRS) attended 566,572 incidents in the year ending September 2017 ; a 3% rise in comparison with the year previous, according to the latest national statistics published by The Home Office.
Also revealed was of all incidents attended by FRS in the year ending September 2017, fires made up 30% of these. Non-fire incidents were at 31% and fire false alarms were at 39%.
In every workplace, the owner or employer has a legal responsibility to conduct a fire risk assessment, which includes identifying and understanding the risks involved.
According to HSE, there are five steps, which are as follows.
Whilst a fire cannot be completely prevented, several actions can be taken to ensure a business can lower the risk of a fire breaking out, including the following:
Initial and refresher fire training will help workers be prepared if a fire were to occur , informing them on what actions to take so safety remains a top priority.
Frequent drills and review procedures will mean workers can familiarise themselves with the fire safety equipment on site and have confidence when using it.
To protect employees, reliable fire alarms are vital for both informing people of the danger and saving lives in the event of a fire.
It is important buildings have fire alarms situated in the correct places, and the right type of alarm depending on the building or site.
Additionally, fire extinguishers ensure emergency fire responders can speedily choose the type of extinguisher needed to cope with a blaze.
Fire extinguishers should be placed in highly visible areas, such as corridors, stairways, and landings, for those following an escape route.
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