Fire safety is crucial in a commercial environment as it helps prevent and mitigate the consequences of fire incidents, which can result in property damage, injury, or loss of life. Implementing proper fire safety measures and procedures can help minimize the risk of fire, reduce the spread of fire and smoke, and ensure a safe evacuation of the building in the event of a fire.
There are several types of fire extinguishers, each designed to tackle different classes of fire:
Wet Chemical Extinguishers (Class K): Used on fires involving cooking oils and fats in commercial kitchens.
It is important to match the type of fire extinguisher with the type of fire it is intended to fight, as using the wrong type of extinguisher can make the fire worse or even cause harm. It is also important to place fire extinguishers in easily accessible locations and ensure that building occupants know how to use them.
Servicing fire extinguishers is essential to ensure their proper functioning in the event of a fire. Regular maintenance and inspections can detect and repair any malfunctions or damages before they become critical. Some of the reasons why it is important to service fire extinguishers are:
Therefore, it is important to schedule regular servicing of fire extinguishers to ensure they are always in good working condition and ready to use in the event of a fire.
In the United Kingdom, the primary legislation for fire safety is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This order places a legal responsibility on the "responsible person" to ensure that fire safety measures are in place.
The responsibilities of the responsible person include conducting a fire risk assessment, putting in place fire safety measures, having an evacuation plan, providing fire safety training for employees, and ensuring that fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers and smoke alarms, are properly installed, maintained and tested.
Additionally, the order requires the responsible person to keep records of the fire safety measures in place and to review and update the fire risk assessment regularly. The order also requires the responsible person to cooperate with the fire and rescue services to ensure that they have access to the building in the event of an emergency.
Penalties for non-compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 can include fines and imprisonment, and can also result in civil claims in the event of injury or death resulting from a fire,
Hartson Fire is a fire safety company based in South Wales. We offer a range of fire safety products and services, including fire extinguishers, fire blankets, trolleys and stands plus a range of covers and cabinets.
Our goal is to help businesses and organizations meet their legal obligation for fire safety and to ensure the safety of their employees and customers in the event of a fire. We offer a comprehensive fire extinguisher servicing with a team of experienced engineers and who can advise on the best fire safety measures for a particular building and provide installation, maintenance, and repair services.
Importantly we are certified by the relevant authorities and organizations, including BAFE, which is the leading third-party certification body for the fire protection industry in the United Kingdom.
For further advice and guidance, call a member of the Hartson Fire team on the number below: