Independent Fire Safety Training & Risk Assessment

December 15, 2008

Good housekeeping in the office can help to reduce fires in the workplace and save lives!

Filed under: Fire Safety — Adrian @ 4:36 pm

There is no doubt that implementing good housekeeping practices in offices and workplaces  can significantly reduce the chances of a fire starting and will help to minimise its spread if a fire does break out.  The following is a list of guidelines to ensure that your work premises has as low a risk of an office fire as possible.

  • Ensure that all fire exits and fire escape routes are cleared from obstructions at all times.
  • Ensure all air conditioning or conditioning/heating units are regularly serviced and maintained to reduce a build up of dust and dirt and to make sure they are working effectively.
  • Check that all electrical appliances are in good working order, that plugs are not overloaded and that unused electrical items are switched off at the end of the working day.
  • Have good security systems in place to deter arson attacks.
  • Store solvents and all other flammable materials away from sources of heat.
  • Fire extinguishers should be tested and maintained at least once a year.
  • Ensure that all escape routes are well lit with the appropriate fire safety signs displayed.
  • Keep your fire register up to date.
  • Do not stack rubbish so high that it could impede the effective operation of sprinklers or fire alarm systems.
  • Carry out regular fire alarm tests.
  • Keep stationery/archive cupboard doors closed at all times, particularly if they contain large amounts of paper.
  • Ensure that all equipment that could provide a source of ignition is left in a safe condition, even when not in use.

Remember that after October 2006 all business must now carry out a fire risk assessment and maintain a fire management plan, Assseco can help businesses to perform their fire risk assessment and produce a suitable fire management plan.

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