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The Do’s And Don’ts Of Fire Safety

Fire hazards are one of the most serious and common issues in the workplace. Offices are naturally full of flammable materials and, while fires are rare, they should still be mitigated to every degree. Naturally, there are many ways to protect your office from the risk of fire, but there are also many pitfalls which you should avoid in order to maintain a safe office space. Fire and fire safety is a complex issue, so you should ensure that you understand the nuances of this field before you make any improvements. So, what are the dos and don’ts of fire safety?  


Get a fire risk assessment


A fire risk assessment is the first thing which you should do if you’re trying to improve fire safety in your office. A professional risk assessment will outline the areas where your building is the weakest in terms of fire safety but also point out the areas where your building performs well. This is perhaps equally as important as this will save you a huge amount of time when you start making your improvements. You should definitely choose a professional team to carry out your risk assessment so you know that your building has been correctly examined. 


Don’t forget your fire exit signs 


Many office managers and caretakers forget to maintain their fire exit signs, and it is easy to see why. They are, of course, a staple in every commercial building and a legal requirement. Naturally, then we have become used to their presence and this can often mean that we forget about their existence entirely. In fact, there are a whole host of different designs and specifications which you can get for fire exit signs and you should think long and hard about which is right for you. Do you need one that glows in low light conditions or do you need a variety of different signs for different areas around the building? 


Replace your fire extinguishers 


Like many pieces of safety equipment, fire extinguishers have their shelf life and after some time they may become less effective. It is imperative that you check the state of fire extinguishers and use a professional's opinion as well. If you need some new extinguishers, then you should dispose of the old ones as soon as possible and replace your office with a brand-new set that has been sold to you from a legitimate source. 


If you’re after some fire safety advice, then here at EK Fire Protection, we have help. We have many years of experience in the industry and pride ourselves on listening to our customers first. If this sounds like something you might be interested in then make sure you contact us today to find out more! 


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