Simple tips to reduce the risk of fire in your work place

Most fires can be prevented if building users adopt the right behaviours and follow procedures put in place by those responsible for health and safety.

As Campbell & Kennedy has years of experience working in the fire industry, we asked our engineers to provide some simple tips on ways to ensure that your work place is a safe environment for your clients and as well as minimise the risk of a fire occurring.

Fires require the following to catch light and spread;

  • a source of ignition
  • a source of fuel
  • oxygen

Sources of ignition include heaters, lighting, electrical equipment, smokers’ materials and anything else that can get very hot or spark. Ensuring a no smoking policy in the office and regularly checking all electrical equipment such as computers and chargers will reduce the risk of ignition.

After ignition, a fire requires something that burns to spread and cause any damage. This can include wood, paper, plastic, waste and furniture. Regularly emptying bins throughout the office and encouraging a clean working environment with recycling stations will eliminate the source of fuel a fire needs to survive.

Oxygen encourages a fire to grow and spread. As we require oxygen to survive this is not something that can be eliminated. It is therefore important to carry out regular staff fire training to highlight what to do in the event of an emergency to prevent injury or fatality.

Employers must carry out a fire safety risk assessment and keep it up to date. Any identified risks of injury must be minimised with adequate and appropriate fire safety measures.

In summary, it is the duty of an employer to

  • Carry out a fire safety risk assessment
  • Keep sources of ignition and flammable substances apart
  • Avoid accidental fires, e.g. make sure heaters cannot be knocked over
  • Encourage a tidy working environment
  • Install sufficient smoke alarms and fire alarms or bells
  • Provide adequate fire-fighting equipment for putting a fire out quickly
  • Ensure fire exits and escape routes are clearly marked and unobstructed
  • Deliver appropriate training to employees on procedures i.e. fire drills
  • Review and update your risk assessment regularly

Campbell & Kennedy has over 15 years’ experience in the fire industry and specialise in a range of areas including dry riser maintenance, fire alarm installation and servicing and fire extinguisher annual inspection and servicing. If you are interested in finding out more about CK Fire, please get in touch in 0141 435 7774 or commercial@campbellkennedy.co.uk.

 

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