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Essential Fire Equipment Every Business Premises Needs

September 14th, 2023

Last updated: September 14th, 2023

Running a commercial business premises in the UK? You have a moral and legal responsibility when it comes to fire safety. This includes having the appropriate fire equipment on site, information on how to use it, and even keeping it serviced and properly maintained.

So what fire safety equipment is most important? There are certain pieces of equipment that can’t be ignored when it comes to keeping your employees and visitors safe. Every business needs a fire risk assessment by law, and this will help to determine which equipment is essential and what is advisable.

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers are among the most critical fire safety tools. They are used to combat small fires and prevent them from spreading. The type and number of fire extinguishers required may vary depending on the size, type of business, and specific fire hazards present.

It’s essential to conduct a fire risk assessment to determine the appropriate types and quantities of fire extinguishers required for your premises and to keep them properly maintained and displayed.

Fire Blankets

Fire blankets are crucial for smothering small fires, particularly those involving cooking oils or fats. They can also be used to protect individuals from flames or to wrap around a person if their clothing catches fire. In commercial kitchens or areas where hot work is common, fire blankets are a must-have fire safety tool.

Fire Alarm System

A fire alarm system is a vital component of any fire safety plan. It alerts occupants to the presence of a fire, allowing them to evacuate the building quickly. The type of fire alarm system required can vary depending on the size and complexity of your premises. Options include manual call points, smoke detectors, heat detectors, and fire alarm control panels.

Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting is essential for guiding people safely out of a building in the event of a power failure during a fire emergency. It ensures that exit routes remain visible and helps prevent panic. Businesses should have emergency lighting installed in corridors, stairwells, exit routes, and other areas as specified by building regulations.

Fire Safety Signage

Properly placed fire safety signs and labels are essential for guiding occupants to fire exits, fire equipment, and assembly points. These signs must be clear, visible, and compliant with UK regulations.

Fire Safety Training and Evacuation Plans

While not equipment in the traditional sense, fire safety training and evacuation plans are indispensable components of a comprehensive fire safety strategy. All employees should receive training on how to use fire equipment, evacuate safely, and follow established procedures during a fire emergency.

Fire Logbook

A fire logbook can allow you to keep a record of any important information including servicing of fire equipment and incidents in the workplace. This can help to improve your record when it comes to fire safety and sport any hazards.

Conclusion

Fire safety is a legal and moral obligation for businesses in the UK. Equipping your premises with the necessary fire equipment is not only required by law but also crucial for protecting lives and property. By investing in the right fire equipment and implementing effective fire safety measures, businesses can minimize the risks associated with fire and create a safer working environment for everyone. Remember, regular maintenance and inspections of fire equipment are also essential to ensure they remain in good working order and ready for use in case of an emergency.

When you choose Robinsons Facilities Services to maintain and repair your fire protection equipment, our experienced engineers are here to ensure peace of mind for your business. We cover all of Yorkshire and will attend your premises as quickly as possible in the event of any safety concerns.

Get in touch with us today or book a free site survey to discuss fire protection services.

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