Fire isn’t only a damaging and dangerous element – it’s also one with potentially extreme business consequences. Failing to put proper fire safety routines and systems in place can raise insurance premiums, endanger the lives of workers and customers, and represent a potential financial loss that can cripple a company. Keep your business safe from harm with these five simple facts.
Fire hazards multiply in kitchens
Restaurants, pubs and fats food outlets are much more likely to have a fire, because they use fire to conduct their daily business. The problem is it isn’t the flame alone that’s the danger. Cooker hoods are a prime example of the hidden trouble that lurks in a commercial kitchen. Improperly cleaned hoods can contain significant grease deposits, which may catch fire when in the presence of sparks or even just extreme heat.
Electrical fires are more common than you think
The most common electrical fire is started when a business overloads its ring circuits by putting too many extension cords onto it. In a commercial or industrial environment, where large volumes of hardware and electrical equipment are used for long periods of time, the power and heat problems caused by running too much stuff through too few outlets can be severe. To be completely safe, ensure that your building is supplied with enough plug sockets to run all the computers you need.
Fire safety training is more than just a legal requirement
Fire safety training is a legal requirement for all businesses in the UK. It is your responsibility to supply all of your workforce with adequate information on what to do to prevent firs, and how to act in the event of one. Failure to do this can lead to prosecution, imprisonment and severe fines. But there’s more to it than that. If your staff are adequately trained, there’s a much higher chance your business will never experience a fire – and if it does, that the outcome will be much less sever both for the people involved and the property at stake.
Spotting sources of fuel stops fires dead
Take a look around your business premises. Imagine a fire started. Where is the fuel coming from? Fires need oxygen, heat and food to develop – so starving the flames of things that burn is the easiest way to keep them at bay. Audit the flammable items in your workplace regularly, and keep an eye on potentially hazardous situations – such as old documents being stored too close to hot lights.
Installing smoke control systems saves lives
A smoke control system sucks the smoke out of a building – rendering the air safer for escaping workers to breathe, and making it easier for firemen and women to enter the premises and get to the cause of the blaze. Because fires breed in the presence of oxygen, smoke control systems must be integrated with fire alarm systems, and have the ability to be overridden by the fire services. Contact MPK Controls for more information about controlling smoke in hazardous situations.
About the author:
The Author is a former fireman, who now acts as a fire safety training consultant. He maintains a network of fire safety blogs, which is often used by third party sites looking for reliable information. His home pages attract hundreds of thousands of unique visitors every day. He lives in Bournemouth.