The risk of fire is different at every property, but it’s always a risk. New updates to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 require that all organisations have a written record of findings of a fire risk assessment of their premises. Previously, a written record of significant finding was only required where there were five or more employees. Now the requirement is in place to record all findings, regardless of the size of your organisation. The first step to protecting your premises is a fire risk assessment. This will identify actions required. The risk assessment should be available to all parties.

5 Steps to Protect your Business from the Risk of Fire

There are several straightforward measures that business owners can take to reduce the risk of fire in their premises. Here are five areas of consideration:

1. Electrical Checks

Firstly, you should ensure that all electrical installations are up-to-date and properly maintained. This includes regular checks of wiring, sockets, and appliances, as well as ensuring that any faulty equipment is replaced or repaired promptly. This step helps to mitigate the risk of a fire starting through an electrical fault. November 11th – 17th 2024 is the National Police Chiefs’ Electrical Fire Safety Week. This annual campaign encourages people to register their electrical appliances to ensure they are notified in the event of a recall.

2. Fire Detection

In the event of a fire, it is important to have effective fire detection and alarm systems in place. This should include smoke alarms, heat detectors as appropriate. As well as fire extinguishers and a clear emergency evacuation plan for all staff and visitors. All systems should be regularly checked and routinely serviced and maintained. Selecting an industry approved contractor – such as BAFE approved – helps to ensure you’re instructing a competent person.

3. Risk of Fire: Flammable Materials

Businesses should ensure that all flammable materials are stored safely and in accordance with regulations. This includes chemicals, fuels, and other hazardous materials, which should be kept in secure, well-ventilated areas. Ensure you have the correct fire fighting equipment available for the materials on site.

4. Training

It’s important that the equipment on site to protect your property and staff can be used. Businesses should have regular fire safety training for all employees, so that they are aware of the risks and know how to respond in the event of a fire. This should include regular fire drills and training on how to use fire extinguishers. Keep details of contractors up to date to ensure that if you require assistance with your fire alarm or emergency lighting, you can easily contact the company who maintains these systems.

5. Insurance

Ensure your premises are adequately insured against fire damage. This will provide financial protection in the event of a fire, and will help to ensure that the business is able to recover quickly and resume normal operations. It’s crucial to read the detail of your insurance and ensure you have the right grade of alarm system in place to meet the requirements of your insurer. Experienced installers will be able to design a system to meet the requirements of your insurance company and fire risk assessor.

By implementing these measures, business owners can significantly reduce the risk of fire in their premises, ensuring the safety of their employees, customers, and property.

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