Fire Risk Assessment: How to Keep Your Business Safe
What is a fire risk assessment? Firstly, without a doubt the most important part of running any business. To clarify, it is the process of identifying fire hazards. Additionally, we identify people at risk and taking the appropriate steps to prevent fires and injuries. In conclusion, if there are fire risks, you’ll know what they are and how to manage them.
In case you wanted to continue reading this page you will learn who is responsible for completing an assessment. Also how often it should be carried out. We also provide some tips on how to keep your business safe from fire!
The Five Fire Risk Assessment Steps
Identify The Fire Hazards
Identify The People at Risk
Evaluate, Remove or Reduce the Risks
Record Your Findings & Provide Training
Review and Update Regularly
We are often asked “how many steps make up a fire safety risk assessment?” In fact there are five key steps to conducting a basic fire risk assessment:
- Identify the fire hazards.
- Anything that can start a fire
- Anything that could burn
- Identify people at risk.
- Who is at risk?
- Who is especially at risk?
- Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks.
- Record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training.
- Review and update the fire risk assessment regularly.
Risk Assessment Example Checklist
Alongside the five steps of a risk assessment, the following will need to be considered:
- Emergency routes and exits
- Fire detection and warning systems
- Firefighting equipment
- Emergency escape lighting
- The removal or safe storage of dangerous substances
- An emergency fire evacuation plan
- The needs of vulnerable people, for example the elderly, young children or those with disabilities
- Providing information to employees and other people on the premises
- Staff fire safety training
We Have Some tips on how to keep your business and people safe from fire.
- Flammable substances: Keep them away from ignition sources and store them correctly.
- Smoking: Control smoking on the premises.
- Cleanliness: Maintain a tidy business and avoid a build-up of rubbish.
- Electrical: Installations and equipment to be checked by competent person.
- Arson: Take measures to prevent arson especially in respect to combustible materials located externally next to your building.
- Emergency plans: Ensure employees know what to do in the event of discovering a fire, such as detailing evacuation procedures and calling the fire service.
- Fire escape routes: Establish these and ensure your employees know where they are. The route should be easily accessible and well signed, ensuring easy evacuation in the event of a fire.
- Fire wardens/marshals: Identify suitable persons and provide them with relevant training so they understand their role.
- Fire alarm and detection systems: Install an appropriate fire alarm system and have it checked regularly.
- Install emergency lighting: Ensure emergency escape routes are well illuminated in the event of an emergency.
- Fire extinguishers: Provide suitable fire extinguishers and train staff in their use as required.
- Fire drills: Hold regular drills so all your employees are aware of what to do in the event of a fire.
- Training: Provide fire safety training for employees.
By following these tips, you can help keep your business safe from fire. Remember, fire safety is everyone’s responsibility!
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