Fire is a great heat source and without it we wouldn’t be able to heat our home or our food, but it can also cause great devastation if the fire gets out of hand. All homes and workplaces are fitted with smoke alarms to help alert those people in the buildings if a fire is detected. There are also other pieces of equipment such as sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers that can also help in the event of a fire starting. But one of the most important things to have in place is a risk assessment. This means looking at the areas of your business where fire is a potential risk and looking at wuas in which you can mitigate this.
It can be a difficult area for soem and so working with a Fire Risk Assessment Bristol comapyn such as keloscape.co.uk/areas-we-cover/fire-safety-consultancy-bristol/ will see them completing this risk assessment with you. They can also help provide you with any equipment and training that you might need in order to reduce the risk levels in your business.
Here are some of the most common places that fires start.
Kitchens – with all of the cooking equipment and naked flames in a kitchen it is no wonder that this is a high risk area for flames. When you mix the oil that is needed for cooking and flames together you can have a recipe for disaster. It is important that all kitchen areas are fitted with fire extinguishers and fire blankets. Commercial kitchens can also be fitted with sprinklers. Procedures also need to be put in place to make sure that there is a first aider present in the kitchen at all times and that no food is to be left cooking without supervision.
Electrical equipment – one of the reasons why it is so important to have your electrical equipment regular PAT tested is to help prevent electrical fires from occuring. If you have lots of electrical equipment in your offices you will need to ensure that this is turned off at night and that you do not overload your plug sockets. Faulty wiring can also be another common place for fires to start so make sure that you regularly check the wiring in your office. You also need to have fire extinguishers that are designed for electrical fires. These should be a different colour to standard extinguishers.
Other areas where fires can be common are locations that house flammable liquids, portable heaters and candles and barbecues that have been left unattended. All of these should be taken into consideration when writing the risk assessment for your business.