If you are an employer, or buying fire protection products for your company, this guide summarizes what you have to do to comply with the law relating to fire issues.
Fire KILLS. According to the latest UK Government statistics Fire statistics monitor: April to September 2013
in the previous 6 months fire crews in England attended 102,000 fires which resulted in 1,664 non fatal hospital casualities and unfortunately another 93 fatalities.
Fire Costs MONEY. The cost of a serious fire can be high and afterwards many businesses do not reopen.
Between the “Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997” and the “Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulation 1992 (as amended) they require you to:
You need to have enough fire fighting equipment in place for your employees to use, without exposing themselves to danger, to extinguish a fire in its early stages. The equipment must be suitable to the risks and appropriate staff will need training and instruction in it’s proper use. In small premises, having one or two portable extinguishers in an obvious location is all that is required. In larger or more complex premises, a greater number of portable extinguishers, strategically sited throughout the premises, are likely to be the minimum required. Other means of fighting fire may need to be considered.
Your fire extinguishers should be checked annually by a competent engineer, complying with BS 5306: Part 3 : 1985.