If you’re an inner-city worker, or work in a large building, you will have some knowledge of fire evacuation procedures in the workplace. However, if you think there are a few gaps in your knowledge, the Firescape team are on hand to fill them in, thanks to this handy guide to fire safety at work.
Roles and Responsibilities
When it comes to laying out the full fire safety procedures, there’s usually one person who is legally obliged to organise and oversee them. This isn’t necessarily the individual who owns the business, rather, it can be anyone who has some degree of responsibility in the business or building. This could be an employer, occupant, owner, landlord, or anyone who has been charged with your premises’ facility maintenance. If you are tasked with this, then you are what’s known as the ‘responsible person’. This process is the same if you have any paying guests in the house, i.e you become responsible for their safety.
Your responsibilities aren’t just limited to when there’s a fire, either, you’ll have to ensure that everyone is prepared in the event one breaks out. The first part of this is carrying out risk assessments, which should certify everything in your workplace is in proper condition. Once you’ve carried this out, you then need to regularly review things so that the standards never slip. There should be a representative to report your assessment to, after which, the appropriate actions will be taken. This will include planning evacuation procedures, and ensuring each employee has access to the relevant information.
There are several criteria that your evacuation plan must meet. First off, all exit routes and the passageways towards them must be kept clear at all times. When planning ways to get out, look for the shortest and most direct exits possible, as you don’t want to linger around for longer than necessary. One thing to look out for is emergency fire doors, or other exits that can be accessed quite easily. Try to utilise as many of these as possible in your route. Keep note of any hazard lighting or other areas of high visibility because smoke or fumes from the blaze will impact your own perception, so anything that can make the route ahead a little clearer will be a big help.
Once you have set the route in stone, you must ensure that everyone knows where to go and what to do. This includes organising training sessions or drills, as well as delivering any essential information via email, leaflets, etc. The final part of a good evacuation plan is deciding on a safe meeting place that you and staff can rendezvous at. This should ideally be somewhere open-aired, located a safe distance away from the premises. Something to be aware of is any employees with mobility needs or disabilities that may require additional assistance. Be sure to have contingency plans for these cases.
Maintenance and Equipment
Having the correct tools in perfect working order is vital with regards to good fire safety practices. Let’s start with the basics; fire alarms. Regular tests should be carried out to verify they are all functioning correctly and also to record and rectify any faults or other failures you’ve detected. This shouldn’t just be limited to fire safety equipment like detectors or extinguishers, though, you need to be aware of any structural issues as well. A fire can exacerbate these and make them ten times worse. It may sound like common sense, but simply checking that everything is maintained can go a long way in safeguarding you and your colleagues.
Firescape can Help
When thinking about fire evacuation procedures in the workplace, you may be prompted to reflect on your own fire safety precautions. Developing a deep knowledge of what to do in the event of a blaze can be incredibly useful, but you need to supplement this with top-quality equipment too. Firescape has just the thing, with our fast-acting, blaze-tackling product Spray-Safe. It’s a specially designed aerosol extinguisher that has been developed to be highly portable and lightweight. Each bottle contains just 335ml of liquid and it fits easily in most draws and cupboards, it can even fit in your glove compartment. If that wasn’t enough, it utilises our patented formula, which is the eco-friendliest option available on the market. You won’t have any mess to clean up and there is no toxic residue, which is one less thing for you to worry about. Each one of our products has been independently tested by industry experts and features the seal of approval from the London fire Brigade. If you want to try the next step in home fire safety extinguisher technology, head on over to our homepage for video demonstrations and more. Alternatively, go straight to our shop for fast checkout.