There are of course many kinds of safety issues you have to be aware of when you run a business. Fire safety is likely always going to be one of the main ones. You really can’t afford not to keep your people safe from fire, morally or legally, so it’s something that is worth thinking about in some detail. In this post, we are going to discuss some of the most commonly forgotten steps that you need to take in a business in order to improve your fire safety across the board, and keep your people safe.
Who Is Responsible
One of the main things you need to bear in mind is the question of who is actually responsible for fire safety in a business. And the answer, in case you have forgotten, is everyone. As the employer, you definitely have the bulk of the responsibility, but your employees also need to do all they can to look after themselves, which includes following the rules laid down, and reporting anything that seems to pose a fire hazard or is problematic in some other way. With an understanding of the responsibility of everyone, it’s likely that all will remain a lot safer.
How To Evacuate
The issue of evacuation is obviously very relevant, because it is this which most often leads to improved safety. You need to know how to get people out safely so that you can do so if there is ever a fire. There are a few things that you might want to bear in mind here. One is making sure that there is an evacuation assembly point, and that you make it clear in some communal place where it is. You also need to design the building so that smoke can be kept in one place along with fire, through the use of a fire curtain wall for instance. This is going to make evacuation a lot safer for all.
Of course, trying to keep the instance of a fire to a minimum is hugely important as well, and something that you will definitely want to be focused on if you are keen to keep your people safe. There are many ways to minimize the chance of a fire breaking out. This would include having safe protocols in place and following the legal rules around fire in the workplace, as well as having people report any issues with electricals and extinguishers and so on. Those are the kinds of things that really make a difference in the long run. Finally, make sure that you keep up to date on everyone’s fire training too.
Those are the main things that are often forgotten about fire safety in business, but which are hugely important if you want to make sure you are keeping everyone safe. As long as you can remember those things, you should find it’s a lot simpler to look after everyone and hopefully avoid the worst case scenario happening at any point.