Fire safety: Take action now to protect those around you

It's time to take action on fire safety

WITH autumn and darker nights fast approaching there has never been a better time to protect your property and those around you from the dangers of a fire.

On average, there are 22,000 fires in workplaces across the UK each year – or around 423 each week. The vast majority are caused by faulty equipment, or equipment which is misused, and almost every incident could have easily been prevented.

Some businesses may never fully recover from the devastating effects of a fire. At Acorn Safety Services, we can guide you through the simple steps you must follow to keep your premises – and more importantly, yourself and your colleagues, safe from harm.

Fire risk assessments – what do I need to know?

Fire risk assessments are a legal requirement in the UK for all non-domestic properties and rented properties with communal areas. The person responsible for ensuring risk assessments are carried out is the dutyholder – which in most cases is the landlord or facilities manager.

They are an important first step when it comes to protecting yourself from a fire as they allow us to build a complete picture of your individual risk. Once we have that information to hand, we can advise you on the steps you need to take to mitigate against those risks.

Put simply, a fire risk assessment will:

  • Identify fire hazards
  • Identify people at risk
  • Evaluate, remove or reduce the risks
  • Allow you to record your findings, prepare an emergency plan and provide training.

While there are no fixed timescales as to how regularly a fire risk assessment should be carried out, we do recommend they are carried out annually to take into account any organisational changes, or alterations to your property.

What about a Personal Evacuation Plan?

While you’re thinking about fire risk assessments, you will need a personal evacuation plan for those people in your premises who may require additional support in the event of a fire.

Having a Personal Evacuation Plan in place allows you to:

  • Specify evacuation routes
  • Identify specific evacuation procedures and designated refuge areas.
  • Identify any specialised equipment required
  • Identify responsibilities of staff
  • Highlight any training requirements
  • Identify any necessary adaptations for the buildings.

Our experts can help you to write a full evacuation plan giving you peace of mind that should the worst happen everybody knows exactly what to do.  

How can Acorn Safety Services help me?

At Acorn Safety Services we have a team of dedicated professionals who can take the stress out of helping you to protect your business.

We can arrange an appointment quickly – within a week in most cases but sometimes within 24 hours. Our friendly consultants will take the time to visit your premises, get to know your business, and carry out the inspection to the very highest standards. They will then make recommendations, which are tailored to your individual needs, detailing what you need to do next to ensure you are fully compliant with the latest rules and regulations. As Acorn Safety Services is one of the last fully independent health and safety consultancies, you can relax in the knowledge that any advice we give you is with your best interests at heart.

We offer a complete health and safety consultancy with services including legionella testing and asbestos management, and with offices in Northampton, London and Wolverhampton and a team of experts travelling across the UK, we are perfectly placed to support your business.

Whatever your health and safety needs, we are always here to help.

For all your health and safety needs visit https://acornhealthandsafety.co.uk/ today or contact us at info@acornhealthandsafety.co.uk or on 01604 930380.


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