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Fire Safety Advice for Schools and Colleges

Fire Safety Advice for Schools and Colleges

While fire safety should be a concern for all people no matter the building they are in, the need for excellent fire safety provisions increases tenfold when it comes to fire safety in schools and colleges.   Although you should never take the responsibility of fire safety in your school or college entirely upon yourself – you should hire a certified fire safety professional to ensure the premises meet regulations – it pays to understand what goes into guaranteeing the safety of your pupils and staff so you can react appropriately in an emergency. Moreover, if your school or college is…

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Fire Safety, Detection and Evacuation for the Elderly

Unfortunately, senses and mobility deteriorate slowly as people get older, making it increasingly difficult to do the things they found easygoing in their youth. Ultimately, this puts the elderly at greater risk of injury or worse if a fire started than the youthful. As such, it is of the utmost importance that we prepare our properties and businesses for the potential outbreak of fire adequately and thoroughly to ensure the elderly we care for remain in the safest hands at all times.   In this article, we will be discussing the fire safety methods you should employ to increase the safety…

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A guide to mounting fire extinguishers in your property

Ensuring fire extinguishers are properly mounted in your property is essential in order to meet British Standards regulations for businesses and rented properties. The right location, the correct height and the appropriate accessories are all paramount when installing fire extinguishers. Where? Choosing the right location for installing your fire extinguishers can make all the difference further down the line, so getting it right is key. Ideally, fire extinguishers should be placed in a visible and easily reached location and along, but without obstructing, the evacuation route. By doorways and corridors, landings and lobbies are all excellent positions for your fire extinguisher….

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A Guide to the Fire Safety Act

What is the Fire Safety Act? The Fire Safety Act (Regulatory Reform Order) 2005 states that any responsible person with a level of control over a business or commercial property must ensure that reasonable steps are made to ensure the risk of fire is reduced, and that anyone in the building is able to escape safely should a fire occur. Who does the act apply to? The act applies to anyone with control of a commercial premises, public space or structure. This can include the employer, manager, occupier of a premises, or anyone else with a level of responsibility within the…

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Securing your building with passive fire protection

Protecting your business premises from fire is a priority for any employer, as the outbreak of a fire could not only be devastating for the business itself, but could also put the lives of employees and others in the building at risk.   There are two types of fire protection: active and passive. Active protection takes the form of more commonly known fire suppressants such as sprinklers, fire extinguishers and detection systems, which actively seek to detect and fight fire should it break out. Passive fire systems, on the other hand, are always working, rather than having to be activated in…

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Preventing Fires in Warehouses

Warehouses have a high risk of fire, and due to the high quantities of stock they often hold, can also be a costly accident for businesses. The layout, and flammable goods often stored in warehouses mean a fire could easily start and spread throughout the whole building, so as a business owner it is important you ensure you know the risks, and take preventative steps to ensure your staff and the premises are safe. Risks: Many warehouses will use flammable substances, such as cleaning products Machinery used could develop faults that can lead to fires Smoking materials such as that from…

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The importance of a fire risk assessment

An assessment for fire risk is a mandatory undertaking that has to be carried out in all places of work, commercial premises, and anywhere the general public have access to. The ‘responsible person’ is legally liable for fire safety, and if you are the owner or landlord, or in some cases the occupier, then this will be your responsibility. The penalties for non-enforcement are very serious, and you could face a fine or be imprisoned if you do not conform. The assessment itself is a very detailed process, and the ‘responsible person’ has to carry it out in the first instance,…

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