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Fire Safety For Businesses In A Nutshell - FIA Video

Date: 28 April 2022

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?
  • When was the last time the fire alarm system was serviced?
  • Was a maintenance record kept?
Third party certificated suppliers
  • For fire equipment and services, the Fire Industry Association recommends third party certificated suppliers.
  • It's vital that the fire safety equipment and services that you use are of good quality and are maintained to a high standard.
  • The supplier you choose should be trained, checked and competent.
  • Third party certifications mean a supplier has been independently assessed and the quality of their work has been verified as being to a suitable standard.
  • If you cannot prove that you have used a competent supplier, you may have difficulty getting a full insurance payment if you put in a claim.

The FIA is the largest fire protection association in the UK.

Members are required to have third party certifications. Choosing a member of the FIA ensures you are dealing with an exceptional supplier and your business will comply with the Law!

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Blake's are an FIA member!

The FIA don't allow just any business to become a member...

Blake's are NSI Gold Fire & BAFE accredited, which means we

  • Work to exceptionally high standards
  • Are compliant with British legislation
  • Are held accountable by higher authorities

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For you, the client, it means you can rest assured that the fire safety systems and equipment we fit in your premises are compliant with current British legislation.

Don't take unnecessary risks - choose an accredited installer! Find us on the FIA Find A Member page

But wait, there's more!!!

The FIA's video doesn't have ALL the only scratches the surface.

As the responsible person, it is critical you understand your role and the fire safety regulations pertaining to it. It could cost you even more than your job!

Click the button below and download our quick and easy guide outlining the 10 things you MUST get right...

10 things the responsible person must know

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