Fire safety in the workplace is the responsibility of the business owner, employer, landlord or occupier of the property; although there are laws in place to ensure the safety of a workforce there are also some simple ways to give you piece of mind that your company premises is protected in the event of a fire.All workplace premises must have a fire risk assessment carried out to highlight: potential hazards, who is at risk, how these risks have been reduced or prevented completely and to implement a successful evacuation plan in the event of a fire. For more information on exactly what is required for an assessment and where to find help, visit the fire safety government website page.
Fire Detection System
A fire detection system or fire alarm is a necessary but simple way to ensure fire safety as they can alert you to the detection of a fire so that a building can be evacuated straight away and the fire is put out before it gets out of control.
There are three types of fire alarms that can be installed, these are:
- Manual – although this is not the most recommended system it is still okay to have a manual fire alarm which is activated by someone either shouting or ringing a bell. You should be aware that these are only appropriate for small businesses or premises where a fire could not go unnoticed.
- Electric – larger premises can have an electrical system installed which uses the ‘break glass’ boxes to active an alert which can be heard everywhere in the building, signalling an evacuation. These types of alarms don’t need a smoke detector if there are often people around, but they can have one installed if necessary.
- Automatic – An automatic system is required if there is an area of a premises which could be left empty or where there is risk of a fire starting and going unnoticed. This way the alarm is raised on detection of smoke and instantly sets of an alarm to make people aware.
Installing fire extinguishers on a premises is an essential way to reduce the risk of a fire spreading once it has already started. There are different types of extinguishers which are more or less effective depending on the type of fire, for example if you work with flammable materials it is recommended to use a foam fire extinguisher not a water based extinguisher, as this would be less effective.
It is important that fire extinguishers are maintained once installed, this is done by carrying out regular maintenance checks every 12 months. This is recommended so there is less risk of an extinguisher failing in the event of a fire and these maintenance checks once carried out by an engineer are recorded on the label located on the side of the extinguisher.
Fire Safety LabelsAnother way to help ensure fire safety in the workplace is to clearly identify fire safety equipment, exits, alarms and evacuation points. This can be done using special fire safety labels which clearly highlight these safety requirements. These labels can be used to identify:
- Fire alarm locations
- Fire extinguisher points
- Fire hose reel location
- Fire point/evacuation areas
Safety is an imperative part of every business owners responsibilities to protect their staff and premises, for more safety labels to help with fire safety, electrical safety, hazardous material and more visit the Label Bar website where we offer free delivery and 24 hour dispatch on all products.