Sunday, 25 June 2017 00:29

Fires and explosions may not happen as often as some other work-related incidents, but the consequences are often much greater. People may be seriously injured or even die if such accidents happen, which leaves behind destroyed families, among other dire consequences.

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Developing a Comprehensive Fire Safety Plan for Small Businesses

Fires and explosions may not happen as often as some other work-related incidents, but the consequences are often much greater. People may be seriously injured or even die if such accidents happen, which leaves behind destroyed families, among other dire consequences.

In order to prevent something like that from happening, you need to take this matter seriously and do everything that you possibly can to reduce or eliminate the risk of fire or explosion. No matter how small your business may be, you most certainly don’t want to lose it because of your own negligence, so take a look at the following tips, which should help you develop a strategy for dealing with fire safety.

Legal requirements

Make sure you are following all relevant requirements regarding fire safety. They depend on the country and state you’re living and working in, but you must not disobey neither the letter, nor the spirit of the law in any way.

The rules are likely to suggest that you need to have an emergency action plan, a fire prevention plan and clear and visible evacuation diagrams(Fire Safe ANZ for instance).Naturally, depending on the type of work you do, there might be more detailed regulations you have to adhere to, but the three elements mentioned here are usually a standard.

Fire safety checklists

Having such a checklist is a great way to identify potential problems related to fire safety before they escalate. It can be a part of your fire safety plan or simply an independent tool you use to monitor safety devices.

What is important with a checklist of this kind is to update it regularly, as the circumstances change, so that it remains relevant and useful.

Prevention

Needless to say, prevention is always much better and cheaper than dealing with consequences. Each business must have a fire prevention plan, but specific requirements depend on the number of employees. You’ll probably find that the requirements for such plans are minimal and that they can be used only as a starting point when you develop your own comprehensive fire prevention plan.

Instead, you should build on it and identify all potential risks for fires within the workplace. Your plan should also take contain policies related to such risks and training for employees, so that they know what to do in case of such an emergency.

Smoke alarms

Again, depending on many factors, the number of smoke alarms you should install varies, but you definitely need them. You may not need to invest in some cutting-edge system, but make sure that the one you choose serves the purpose. Check the relevant legal requirement and consult an expert, so that you know what the optimal number of smoke alarms is and how to distribute them in the most efficient way.

Once you install them, ensure that the batteries are regularly tested and that units are replaced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Fire extinguishers

Having strategically placed fire extinguishers and knowing how to use them can prevent some minor incidents from escalating and causing much greater damage. So, not only do you need to make sure the units are regularly inspected and kept fully functional, but you also have to organize training for all your employees, who need to learn to remain calm in case of an emergency and react appropriately.

Conclusion

The most important thing about fire safety is that it mustn’t be taken lightly. Every single step should be taken to ensure that the risk of fire or explosion is reduced or eliminated, which is why each small business owner needs to adhere to all the relevant regulations and consult experts in order to create the safest possible environment for work.

 

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