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Fire Safety Equipment, Drills and Training

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Fire Safety Equipment, Drills and Training

Equipment needs to be properly installed, maintained and staff trained to use them.

When it comes to ensuring the safety of your workplace, having the right firefighting equipment is essential. Here’s the basics you need to know: 

Equipment Requirements 

The type of equipment you require depends on the nature of your business premises and should be determined by your fire risk assessment considering the government guidance. It’s crucial to have all equipment properly installed, tested, and maintained. Additionally, staff should be trained in their usage if necessary. 

Maintenance and Testing

Regular maintenance and testing are paramount to ensure the effectiveness of firefighting equipment. Here’s what you should check regularly: 

  • Functionality of fire alarm systems. 
  • Operation of emergency lighting. 
  • Recording any faults found in systems and equipment. 
  • Clearing escape routes and ensuring the floor is in good condition. 
  • Ease of opening of fire exits. 
  • Correct closure of automatic fire doors. 
  • Proper placement of fire exit signs.

Fire Drills and Training

Proper training is essential for all employees to effectively respond to fire emergencies. Key points to consider include: 

  • Providing training to new staff upon commencement of work. 
  • Informing all employees about any new fire risks. 
  • Conducting at least one fire drill annually and documenting the results. These records should be maintained as part of your fire safety and evacuation plan. 

By adhering to these guidelines, you contribute significantly to maintaining a safe environment for everyone in your workplace. 

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