Ensuring that your employees and customers are safe from fire in the workplace should always be at the top of the list of concerns for business owners. Christmas time is no different but brings with it a whole set of other issues which you should need to know how to address.

To help you keep your employees, property and equipment safe from fire this festive season, the experienced team at Hartson Fire has come up with key guidelines for business owners as follows:

Test Your Fire Alarms Regularly

The most important principle when it comes to fire safety in the workplace is the regular testing of fire alarms. Though all business premises should test their fire alarm regularly, it is especially true of larger work environments where fires may start far away from where people are usually sat or working throughout the day. Having a suitable and functioning fire detection system in place is particularly important at Christmas time in premises such as shops, restaurants and even offices where decorations and trees are put up.

Ensure the Correct Fire Safety Equipment Is Installed

If anything does go wrong with your Christmas decorations, you’ll need the appropriate fire safety equipment to deal with it. Fire extinguishers are one of the main ways of combating fires in the workplace.

For complete fire safety, your fire extinguishers must be properly positioned around your workplace, and you must have a suitable fire extinguisher for the types of fire you’re likely to deal with. At Christmastime, electrical fires are more common, so you will need a Dry-powder or Carbon-dioxide extinguisher to hand for an electrical fire, or a Water/AFFF Foam unit for the leaves, decorations and other textile type fires. If you are unsure which extinguishers are the best for your workplace, it’s important to get professional advice.

Safely Position Your Christmas Tree and Decorations

Materials that can catch fire easily must not be positioned anywhere near your Christmas tree. Artificial trees in particular are fuel for fires, and as they are large items they could cause the spread of the fire more quickly than usual. What’s more, it is around your Christmas tree that you’re most likely to overload an electrical socket, as outlined below, so take care to avoid this.

Certain places aren’t suitable for your decorations and can cause harm in the long run. Decorations can burn easily, so don’t attach them to lights and lamps where they can over heat dramatically.

Importantly, fairy lights should not be left on at the end of the working day. Ensure that the last employees to leave the premises know that they are responsible for switching off the fairy lights to avoid the risk of fire.

Overloading Electrical Sockets

Many types of Christmas decorations use electricity, and while functioning decorations themselves don’t pose a fire safety problem, overloading an electrical power outlet can. Make sure not to plug too many of your decorations into the same outlet to avoid overheating and the threat of electrical fire. Also, check to ensure that you are using decorations with fuses in the plugs this is an important safety device in the fight against fire. (This advice also applies to Christmas decorations in the home).

Hartson Fire

At Hartson Fire, we provide a range of fire safety services including all types of fire extinguishers and related accessories across the South Wales area. For a specialised and detailed fire risk assessment of your fire extinguishers, contact us today on 01792 218214. 

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