Fire safety is a vital concern for any business. A fire can have disastrous consequences for both the company and its staff, including smoke inhalation, psychological trauma, serious burns, and even loss of life. Property damage can also occur, causing building structures to weaken and debris to fall.

As an employer, owner, landlord, or property manager, you are responsible for fire safety under British law and government guidelines. This includes conducting regular fire risk assessments, creating an emergency fire plan, and providing staff training and education. It is crucial to regularly test and maintain fire safety equipment, such as fire alarms and fire extinguishers, and keep them in designated areas.

Fire alarm systems are designed to detect smoke, heat, or fire within a property and should be installed in central areas of each floor and stairways. They can be triggered automatically or manually.

Fire extinguishers are an essential piece of safety equipment that should be located on every floor. They can contain water, powder, foam, liquid chemicals, or CO2, and staff should be trained on how to use them correctly. Different types of fires require different types of extinguishers, so it is crucial to read the labels on the fire extinguishers.

Clear and readable signs should be placed throughout the building to indicate fire exit routes, fire extinguisher locations, smoke detectors, emergency lighting, and fire escape routes. It is necessary to ensure that every staff member is aware of these signs and equipment locations.

The financial cost of a fire to a business can be substantial, with an average cost of £21,000. Therefore, it is crucial to prioritize fire prevention and take steps to reduce fire risks, such as keeping the workplace tidy and uncluttered.

FBS Electrical is a professional electrical contractor with expertise in fire safety. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you protect your business from fires.