Over the past few years Fire Officers have carried out thousands of checks on businesses relating to the Fire Safety Order and found some have been falling short of what is required and some total negligence to general fire safety. The cost of such ignorance in such an important field has led to many prosecutions and even prison sentences. Many businesses have had prohibition notices served on them others have been closed down.
The legislation for the Fire Safety Order does state that anyone can carry out a Fire Risk Assessment but it is advised that should be compiled by a competent person. The competent person can be an office manager, business owner or other trustworthy persons within a business. Business owners and Directors should also be aware that the person who carries out the risk assessment is liable for its contents and should act on its findings. Visit http://www.firecelluk.com for details on fire risk assessments.
In view of this liability it has been advised that all Risk Assessments should be conducted by a qualified Risk Assessor who possess the skills to determine where the fire risks are within a building and remedial action to reduce them.
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All Businesses should also be equipped with the correct portable fire fighting equipment (fire extinguishers)
There are many different types of fire extinguishers that are available for the use on various risks so it is important that all such equipment is installed and maintained to a high level according to British Standards.
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In January this year the maintenance standards have been upgraded to BS 5306-8:2012 to replace the old standard of BS5306:3 2009 and part 8 2000. This upgrade covers the code of practice in the selection and positioning of fire extinguishers in commercial, industrial and public buildings. It also encompasses the Fire Safety Order of 2005 and deals with the responsible person issue as far as fire risk assessments are concerned.
The new guidelines also dal with the different classes of fire: Class A(wood, paper and textiles),Class B(flammable liquids),Class C(gases),Class D(metals) and Class F(cooking oils and fats). Note there is no Class E. For fires involving electrical equipment Carbon Dioxide extinguishers are the type to be used. Visit http://www.firecelluk.com/
The modern Class A extinguishers such as water and foam now come with di-electrical tests of BS EN3 in order to reduce the conduction along the discharge stream. These extinguishers are ideal where electrical equipment is located nearby.
The Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005 guidelines also deal with signage. All manually operated fire extinguishers must be identified by a sign. The sign should identify the extinguisher type and location if hidden from view. Along with extinguisher signs, fire exit signs should also be included in any assessment in order to facilitate an escape.
Within the Fire safety Order it stipulates that staff (appointed fire wardens) are trained in the use of fire extinguishers and have the correct fire warden training in place. This vital ingredient in fire safety is of the utmost importance in knowing what to do in the event of a fire situation. Visit http://www.firecelluk.com for details