PFM 21 2 Mar 2018 - Page 24

health & safety
Understand, Prevent, Prepare and Tackle –
The Four Vital Steps to Protect Your Business
from a Fire
ire and rescue services (FRS)
attended 566,572 incidents in
the year ending September
2017 – a three per cent increase
compared with the previous year,
according to the latest national
statistics published by The Home
The statistics also revealed that of all
incidents attended by FRS in the year
ending September 2017, fires
accounted for 30 per cent and non-fire
incidents at 31 per cent. The remaining
39 per cent were fire false alarms,
which were the largest incident type.
In light of these recent statistics, Bull
Products, a manufacturer of life-saving
fire protection equipment, shares the
four vital steps a business can take to
protect itself from a fire.
In every workplace, the owner or
employer has a legal responsibility to
carry out a fire risk assessment – this
includes identifying and understanding
the risks involved.
According to HSE, these five steps
should be carried out:
Identify the hazards.
Decide who might be harmed
and how.
Initial and refresher fire training will
ensure workers are prepared in the

event of a fire and know what actions to

take so that safety remains a top priority.
Frequent drills and review procedures
will allow workers to familiarise
Although a fire cannot be completely themselves with the fire safety
prevented, there are several actions that equipment on site and feel confident
a business can take to ensure the risk when using the equipment.
of a fire breaking out is minimalised,
including the following:
Keep areas free of clutter such To protect employees, reliable fire
as paper that could easily catch alarms are crucial in alerting people of
fire or prevent access to exits the danger and saving lives in the event
of a fire. It’s important that buildings have
and emergency equipment.
Ensure electrical appliances are fire alarms located in the correct places,
switched off and plugs are and the right type of alarm depending on
removed before leaving the the building or site.
Additionally, fire extinguishers ensure
Ensure electrical appliances are emergency fire responders are able to
safe to use by carrying out swiftly select the type of extinguisher
required to tackle a blaze. It’s also
regular PAT Tests.
Replace frayed power cords and important to ensure fire extinguishers
ensure cord protectors are used. are placed in the correct areas such as
corridors, stairways, and landings, so
Don’t block exits or fire doors
they are highly visible to those following
with boxes – ensure these are
an escape route.
kept clear at all times.
For more information, please visit
Store hazardous materials
safely and make sure these are
clearly marked.

Evaluate the risks and decide
on precautions.
Record significant findings.
Review the assessment and
update where necessary.
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