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Who Is Responsible for Fire Safety?

Fire safety is the set of practices intended to reduce the destruction caused by fire. It is something we should all be practicing in the workplace but who exactly is responsible?  

If you fall under any of the below, it is you who is responsible for fire safety.  

  • An employer 
  • The owner 
  • Facilities Manager 
  • Building Manager 
  • Risk Assessor 

Your responsibilities include: 

  • Have fire safety measures in place and maintain them  
  • Plan for an emergency 
  • Provide staff with the appropriate training and fire safety instructions 
  • Carry out a fire risk assessment and review it regularly  

It is a very important responsibility and should be taking seriously.  Not only are you planning for the safety of your workplace but also the people within it if a fire was to break out. It is your responsibility to ensure daily fire safety checks are being carried out and completed efficiently, weekly bell test are completed and fire drills are conducted every six months. This can take a lot of managing and time to record the data.  

Recording this information is also vital, in the event of a fire it will be these records that will aid fire professionals in doing their job.  Local fire and rescue authorities inspect premises and will check these records.  

 

What is required within each of your responsibilities? 

Fire safety measures 

  • Conduct daily fire walks checking for clear stairwells, exit doors are closed and in good condition.  
  • Do a bell test every week to ensure your alarm is in full working order and can be heard in all parts of your building. 
  • Check all fire extinguishers monthly, ensure they are in the appropriate place and safety tags intact. 
  • Emergency lighting should be checked and tested by qualified electricians. 
  • Internal fire doors should be checked every six months. Fire doors are in place to prevent a fire from spreading and causing more damage, it is important they are in good condition.  

Plan for an emergency 

  • Emergency plan should be created and documented.
  • Ensure it is visible to staff and customers around the workplace
  • Conduct regular fire drills.

Provide staff with the appropriate training and fire safety instructions 

  • Staff should be trained on carrying out fire walks and general fire safety measures.
  • Staff should be aware of the evacuation plan and practiced in the case of a fire to ensure safe evacuation.

Carry out a fire risk assessment and review it regularly  

The Responsible Person (RP) must to carry out a fire risk assessment, including measures to reduce or eliminate the risk of fire, and identify persons at risk.

  • Identify fire hazards 
  • Identify the people at risk  
  • Evaluate means of reducing and removing fire hazards  
  • Record the above findings and review it regularly. 

 

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FireCloud365 is a fire safety management system for mid to large organisations. The software, which is operated through cloud technology, allows the customer to schedule, record and report all fire checks within a building. The paperless fire safety software that delivers more accountability and safety. Fire Safety Made Easy with FireCloud365.

 

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Fire Checks – What Should I Be Doing?

Fire safety is important in every building no matter the size. It is even more important when a building is occupied by people. If you are responsible for fire safety and the safety of the people within a building, but are confused and unsure of what you need to be doing and when? We have put together a list of items you should be checking to ensure the safety of your building and occupants, reducing the risk of fires.

 

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Daily 

You should be checking all means of escape & fire exit doors are clear from obstruction.  It is also important to check your fire alarm panel normally situated near or behind reception within a building. Keep an eye out for errors or incorrect lightening.

 

Weekly 

You should be carrying out a bell test to ensure your alarm is in full working order and can be heard in all parts of your building. 

 

Monthly 

A visual check of all fire extinguishers, ensure they are in the correct location with correct signage, the safety pin is engaged and that it is correctly pressurized.  

Fire Extinguisher inspection 

 

Quarterly 

Emergency lighting should be tested by a qualified electrician and Fire Detection System should be serviced quarterly by an authorized vendor who hold the relevant certificates for your territory. 

 

6 Monthly  

A check of all internal fire doors should be completed.

 

Fire hydrants located outside should be checked. Ensure they are clearly marked and free from obstruction in case Fire Service need to use them. 

It is important to carry out fire drills frequently. It reinforces the importance of fire safety and ensures that everyone is aware of what to do in the event of a fire.   

 

Annually 

Fire Extinguishers should be serviced by an authorized vendor. 

 

LASTLY BUT NOT LEAST 

Record, record, record. It’s vitally important that you record all of the above checks and retain all certificates in a system that is easy to access in the case of emergencies.

This is by no means an exhaustive list but this is something you should be doing at the very least.

 

About us 

FireCloud365 is a fire safety management system for mid to large organisations. The software, which is operated through cloud technology, allows the customer to schedule, record and report all fire checks within a building.  The paperless fire safety software that delivers more accountability and safety. Fire Safety Made Easy with FireCloud365. 

 

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