17 Jun Why is conducting Fire Safety Inspections so important?
Picture this… You are running a successful business that you spent a number of years growing and nurturing when all of a sudden a fire breaks out on site. Your employee goes to get an extinguisher only to have it fail and the fire gets out of control. You do not want this to be you. In this blog, we will discuss the importance of regular fire safety inspections for businesses and how it is beneficial to them.
Fire inspections help identify potential fire hazards, assess the risks, and ensures that fire safety measures are in place and working effectively. Conducting a fire inspection can help businesses identify potential fire hazards in the workplace. There are a number of potential hazards eg. Sources of ignition, flammable material, and other hazards that could increase the likelihood of a fire starting. By identifying these hazards, businesses can take necessary measures to eliminate or minimise them, reducing the risk of a fire occurring.
Fire safety regulations
It is important for businesses to comply with fire safety regulations and codes, Fire safety inspections help with this. Inspectors check that businesses have the correct documentation this would include, Fire risk assessments, emergency plans, and firefighting training records. All this is crucial for avoiding legal liability in the event of a fire. The amount of legislation that companies must adhere to can become quite daunting e.g., the National Building Regulations, the local fire department by-laws, and the Occupational Health and Safety Act to name a few.
We can help you assess the placement and amount of extinguishers, fire hose reels, signage, etc. to help ensure that you are compliant and that you are covered in the event of a fire. We have a number of experienced technicians that know exactly how to help your business get on the right path to a safe working environment.
Fire safety inspection checklist
Fire safety inspections identify areas where businesses can improve their fire safety measures. These inspections may recommend additional equipment or procedures to enhance safety, such as adding smoke detectors or improving evacuation routes. By implementing these recommendations, businesses can reduce the risk of harm in the event of a fire.
Regular fire safety inspections provide business owners, employees, and customers peace of mind. Inspections ensure that the workplace is safe and that all necessary measures are in place to minimize the risks of harm. This helps to create a safer environment for everyone involved.
There are a number of points that should be included in a fire inspection:
- Fire Extinguishers
- Fire Blankets
- Fire Hydrants
- Floor plan diagrams (Fire doors / Fire exit doors & routes, Fire signage & Fire equipment)
- Emergency fire equipment (fire extinguishers/fire blankets)
- Break-glass units
- Fire Exit doors (Fire doors / Fire escape doors)
- Fire Hose reels
Now it is important to note that each company will have a different checklist customised to the needs of that company. You have to ensure that all the objectives are met. All the risks must be identified especially that of the high-risk areas such as flammable liquid stores, waste collection areas, hot work activities, and flammable gas stations, Give special attention to these areas.
Companies should adopt and implement proactive, rigorous, and regular safety inspections in the workplace to ensure the health and safety of all their employees and to protect the business and all its assets.
By understanding safety regulations, developing a fire safety inspection checklist, conducting effective fire safety inspections, and identifying and managing fire hazards effectively, you can ensure your company’s fire safety compliance.