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Fire Safety – Simple Steps for Small Businesses

  • Identify a suitable method for raising the alarm in the event of a suspected fire.

  • The agreed method for raising the alarm ie. fire alarm system should be tested weekly, and records kept in a fire logbook.

  • Identify a suitable assembly point, signpost it and make sure everyone knows its location.

  • Identify the best method for safe evacuation. That could be using trained fire marshals and clearing areas as they go, or if only a small team completing a roll call once everyone is at the assembly point.

  • Communicate the procedure to follow if a fire is discovered or suspected.

  • Complete practice fire evacuations at least twice a year but not in the same six months. The purpose of a practice evacuation is to ensure everyone can leave the premises quickly and safely.

  • Arrange a contract to install fire extinguishers. These need to be inspected annually by a competent person, or sooner if they are discharged.

  • Display signage to ensure everyone knows the method of escape.

  • Flammable liquids should be stored in a flameproof lockable cupboard.

  • Emergency lighting should be tested monthly and records kept.

  • Ensure emergency exits and escape routes are kept clear at all times and check these regularly.

  • Anyone who cannot reach a place of safety unaided in the event of an emergency requires a personal emergency evacuation plan (PEEP).

If you require help developing your fire emergency plan please get in touch.

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