Why is fire safety important in the workplace?
Fire safety is of the highest importance in any building, to ensure safety of your employees and the protection of your building.
Fire protection systems and procedures are a legal requirement and need to be put in place in buildings to make employees aware in the event of a fire.
What are the fire safety rules?
As a business owner, you are responsible for taking the appropriate steps to prevent fires and guarantee your workplace meets all required health and safety standards.
Fire Safety: The Law & Your Responsibilities
Buildings must comply with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which applies to general fire safety across England and Wales.
Premises are required to provide a minimum fire safety standard, with individuals having the responsibility to carry out risk assessments to identify, manage and reduce the risk of fire.
The Order is required in almost all buildings, places and structures, except individual private properties. If you’re responsible for your workplace fire safety, STF Solutions provide the essential equipment that will ensure you are within regulations.
Ensure Your Business Complies With The Fire Safety Order
To comply with the Fire Safety Order, firstly a fire risk assessment must always be carried out by the person responsible. This is where employees are provided with the adequate fire safety training, in order to carry out the correct procedures in case of an emergency.
Recommended Fire Safety Systems
It’s crucial that fire detection and suppression systems are always completely functional, including ensuring the appropriate equipment is properly installed, tested and maintained for safe use in the event of a fire.
Fire Alarm Detection Systems
A fire alarm detection system is designed to sense smoke, extreme heat or fire and provide a high frequency alert to personnel throughout a building.
Fire alarms need to be installed in centralised areas and should also be installed in the head of stairways on every floor of a multi-storey structure.
The detection systems can be activated automatically or manually, via call points on the wall. It is vital these systems are installed and operate effectively, to protect life from the danger of a fire. Find out more about fire alarm detection systems.
Fire Suppression Systems
A fire suppression system is used to prevent and extinguish fire in a building, using dry chemicals or wet agents. The types of systems include, inert gases, Co2 and water mist.
The chemical agent is released after the fire suppression system detects smoke and raises an alarm. The sounders are the final warning before the agent is released. Install a fire suppression system on premises.
Fire extinguishers and signage
Fire extinguishers play a crucial role in protecting buildings, by fighting fires in their early stages. Located in easily accessible spots, fire extinguishers can be used by anyone to eliminate fires, using chemicals such as, water, powder, foam, Co2 and wet chemical. Arrange fire extinguisher training with STF Solutions.
Fire safety signs provide clear guidance to mark the location of equipment, fire alarm activation points, warning signs and fire exits. Through imagery and text, employeesare aware of where they can find the correct equipment in case of an emergency. Learn more about the fire exit signage design and installation service.
Do I need a fire marshal at work?
Every business needs specially trained individuals who ensure safe evacuation of everyone on the premises in a fire emergency. These are called fire marshals or fire wardens. Depending on the business and size, you may need more than one fire marshal.
STF Solutions can help you
STF Solution’s systems operate efficiently to protect life and property whilst reducing any risk of damage to the building or equipment.
We can provide the installation and maintenance of fire detection systems, fire suppression systems and fire extinguishers. Alongside this, our specialists provide fire risk assessment training, suited to your building as well as your needs and requirements.
Contact STF Solutions today!
Do you want to find out how STF Solutions can provide the best fire and safety solutions to your business? Get in touch with our expert team of advisers today who are happy to assist you with any query you have. Discover the complete range of fire and security solutions provided by STF Solutions.