Do you have a current Fire Plan?
Your business should have a current fire plan that is easily accessible and understood by your employees as well as any visitors to your workplace.
It should show:
You have unobstructed passageways to fire exits
Cleary marked escape routes
Enough Exits to allow everyone to escape
Emergency doors that open with ease.
Emergency lighting if required.
Training for employees on the escape routes.
Your assembly point.
Do your premises have the correct firefighting equipment?
Fire extinguishers offer protection in the event of a fire but it is important you install the correct extinguishers for the type of work you do.
For example in a small office with computers Water (Class A Wood, paper & textiles) and CO2 (Electrical) would be more than sufficient.
The number you need depends on the size of your property.
Are your fire extinguishers easily located and identifiable?
An obvious position for extinguishers is close to fire exits on your escape route.
The fire point should be clearly signed and dependant on which extinguishers your premises have the appropriate extinguisher sign should be placed above each extinguisher which identifies its type on classes of fire it can be used on.
Is your firefighting equipment and alarms tested regularly?
All equipment and alarms should be inspected and documented on a monthly basis by a competent person.
The results and dates of the inspection should be recorded in a log book.
An annual inspection and equipment servicing should be carried out by qualified personnel.
Are your staff sufficently trained?
Basic fire awareness training should be given to your employees to include:
What to do in the event of an alarm.
How to raise the alarm on discovering a fire.
Operation of fire fighting equipment.
Fire exit locations and escape routes.
Are Fire Doors held open illegally?
Fire doors should be kept closed at all times.
If you require your fire doors to be open they should only be held open with the use of a working fire door retainer that will automatically release the doors upon activation of the fire alarm.
Are all emergency exits correctly signed / lit and lead directly to safety?
You should ensure Fire Exits are clearly signed and any emergency lighting is in working order and inspected on a regular basis.
Fire Exits should also lead directly to safety as much as possible.
Are flammable substances stored correctly?
To comply with COSHH guidelines flammable substances such as chemicals, paints and hazardous substances should be stored in appropriate metal storage cabinets.
Have you conducted a fire risk assessment for your premises?
To comply with the Fire Safety Order 2005 it is a requirement of the businesses Responsible Person to ensure an up to date Fire Risk Assessment has been carried out.
The task of undertaking the FRA can be given to a Competent Person within the business but you should remember ultimate responsibility lays with the Responsible Person normally you the owner.
It can also be outsourced to professional outside agencies.
The fire risk assessment should consist of 5 key sections:
People at Risk
Record, Plan and Train
This guide is for information purposes only to assist you in understanding what is required of you under the Fire Safety Order.
It should not be used as a Fire Risk Assessment and you should ensure that you have a valid Fire Risk Assessment in place.