What do YOU do when confronted with a fire in your workplace? Do you stare at the smoke with a grizzled expression, burst through the doors of your office and put out the fire with nothing but an icy glare and a sense of determination?
Nah, probably not.
Chances are, you make a high-pitched yelp, much like a mouse’s squeal, set off the fire alarm and scarper until the fire brigade arrive on the scene to extinguish the flames.
And, well, good.
It’s a common sense move – get away from the fire as quickly as possible. But, what would have been even more sensible would be to set up effective safety precautions to stop a fire starting in the first place.
With an effective fire safety plan, you’ll be safe from the damaging danger of flames. While you can imagine yourself having the surefooted skill to extinguish a fire alone if you like, you’d be better to keep those flames locked in your imagination with these handy tips.
Fireproof your office
Flames spread a heck of a lot quicker through easily perishable walls than they would with effective blast resistant composite panelling.
Indeed, products such as Durasteel, which provides up to four hours’ worth of fire protection, can be implemented around your walls, ceilings and flooring to strengthen the resistance of your workplace.
In the face of an increased use of electrical goods in a workplace and, by extension, increased fire hazards, strengthening your building against fire can mean the difference between a standing building and a smouldering one.
Sniff out the smoke with effective alarm systems
You’ve seen what all of the government adverts claim – don’t get a smoke alarm and you’ll run the risk of a fire catching without you even realising it.
Emitting a high-pitched squeal when it detects the faintest whiff of smoke, these trusty alarms allow you to stop fire in its tracks before it becomes an issue.
Keep your staff in the fire safety loop
The great beneficiaries of a fire safety plan is your staff, who will be able to familiarise themselves with any new protocols should a fire occur. But, you’d be amazed at how many businesses fail to mention any updates to fire codes and exit strategies should the unmentionable happen.
This doesn’t just mean keeping in line with fire safety regulations – the law states that all staff should be briefed on fire exits and alarm systems – but that any new plan to make exits more efficient should be discussed with staff, ensuring that their input is listened to and, if they have a good idea, implemented into the rest of the strategy.