Fire safety in the workplace is paramount. An office space cannot legally function without fire safety in place. Making sure that fire safety equipment is freely available in an office is one of the most important things you can do.
However, there are certain things you’ll need to check for when installing fire safety equipment. Take a look at what you need to keep in mind.
- Check Regulations
There will be certain fire safety regulations set out for you when you start using an office space. If you have a health and safety officer already appointed, they should be able to tell you more about this. To protect human life and property, you’ll need to pay close attention to these regulations.
They are set out specifically for keeping people safe and giving everyone the best chance of escaping a fire in the event of one happening inside the building.
- Fire Alarm Installation
Fire alarms should be installed professionally so they can optimise safety in the event of a fire. It’s important that all fire alarms are installed properly so you can have peace of mind knowing that they work as they should when you need them most. Keep in mind the position of the fire alarms.
There should be an alarm on every floor so the whole building can be alerted quickly if smoke or fire breaks out.
- Easy Access
In the event of a fire, people in the building should have easy access to manual fire alarms and fire extinguishers. Each person in the building should be briefed on how to use the fire safety equipment so they have the knowledge in the event of an emergency.
Consider the best places to position this equipment. They should be out of the way enough that they don’t cause a hazard but easy to get to when they are needed.
- Fire Drill
Once fire safety equipment is installed, it’s important to have a whole building fire drill to check the equipment is working properly. Set out a plan of what should happen in the event of a fire in the building. Everyone in the building should leave and convene in an arranged area outside.
One person per floor should be responsible for checking all rooms before leaving. Trigger your fire alarms and set the drill in motion to assess what goes right and what goes wrong. Make changes to your safety plan accordingly.
- Contact Numbers
You should have access to a list of contact numbers that could be useful in the event of a fire. For example, you should have contact details for all next of kin for each person working in the building. It’s also important to have an emergency contacts list including that of the local fire department.
If there is damage to the building, you may need to contact cleaning companies, builders, electricians and more. It’s useful to have a list of local companies who could help quickly.
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