Getting to grips with fire safety for your business often involves wading through pain-staking 100+ page government documents. The vague language is confusing and open to interpretation...
Of course, you could ignore it all and hope for the best. But that's a bit risky...
Thankfully, the Fire Industry Association (FIA) have put together a video that outlines what EVERY business owner and Responsible Person needs to know and adhere to...
...If you want to understand fire safety for business in a nutshell AND avoid the punishment if the worst happens, watch the video below
Making fire safety for businesses easier to understand
Below you can find a short summary of what every business owner needs to know:
The Responsible Person
If you are an employer or have any degree of control over a premises, you are responsible under Fire Safety Legislation for the safety of the people and the property - you are described as the Responsible Person.
The Responsible Person may be referred to as the Duty Holder in Scotland and Appropriate Person in Northern Ireland.
The Responsible Person may be fined or prosecuted if they fail to comply with the law.
Fire Risk Assessments
You must carry out a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) to identify risks, provide solutions and look at precautions you have in place to determine whether they are suitable.
Anyone can carry out a FRA but you can hire a professional Fire Risk Assessor, if you don't feel comfortable.
Following the FRA, a plan must be produced to outline any actions that need to be taken. More importantly, that plan must be acted upon!
Fire safety equipment
Do you have the right equipment for your premises?
Is it in the right location?
Is it regularly maintained to ensure it works when you need it most?
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