Fire is a risk in all businesses – whether you have an office, a retail shop or a cafe. It’s even a risk if you work in a trade and you work on other people’s sites. Some workplaces pose more risks than others but there are no workplaces that have no fire risk.
Let’s put this in perspective. Fire presents a number of risks. Fire can injure or kill, it can damage property, you could lose product, equipment or supplies. Further, you could lose important business data. Fire can also have negative impacts on the environment or your local neighbourhood. Fires disrupt businesses and can have a major impact on your life and the life of any staff.
Whilst never able to fully mitigate the risk of fire, a fire safety audit can help you identify risks and put in place a plan to reduce these risks. The purpose of a safety audit is to identify any hazards in your business. This could include places that a fire might most likely be to start but also things like how supplies are stored. Once you’ve identified the hazards you then need to identify how to fix or minimise these hazards. This could include changing where stuff is stored – for example don’t store highly flammable supplies near a heater – or making sure fire extinguishers are in the best or most easily accessible places. You need to make sure that your staff are all trained in appropriate safety and evacuation procedures – you should also appoint fire safety wardens.
This can all sound very confusing. We have a number of other blog posts on this website that can help you with fire safety aspects. If you don’t find the answers that you are looking for, please do not hesitate to get in touch so we can help you with all of your fire safety needs – we can help provide you with the right fire safety equipment and make sure that you are meeting all appropriate legislative requirements. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch today if you have any questions.