Your Fire Safety Checklist – Questions To Ask Yourself To See If Your Fire Systems Are Safe
If you follow us on social media or have read any of our previous articles, you will know how important fire safety is. Not only from a financial and reputational point of view, but primarily in protecting the lives of your staff, guests, and customers.
Staying fire safe doesn’t have to be difficult, but you do need to know what to look out for and who to go for for advice, support, and installations. Here’s a checklist of questions that it’s important your organisation asks itself in order to ensure that all of your systems are safe to the standards they need to be.
When did we last do a fire risk assessment?
This is the first important question to ask yourself if you’re responsible for fire safety within your business or building. Fire risk assessments are essential in preventing fires and keeping your premises safer.
Fire safety regulations in the UK require you to refresh your risk assessment annually, and should be redone by a professional every 4 years. When was the last time you updated yours or had it professionally carried out?
When was the last time our alarm system was serviced?
Fire detection systems are fundamental in fire response and limiting the spread and potential effects of a fire. If they fail or if they are not up to regulation standards, you could fail to deal with an emergency effectively, and you could be heavily punished should your site be inspected.
You should be testing your fire alarms and call points on a weekly basis, and they should be professionally serviced once every 6 months. Was your fire alarm serviced in the last 6 months?
When was the last time out emergency lighting was serviced?
Similar with fire detection systems, emergency lighting systems require regular maintenance and servicing in order to remain in working condition and to comply with regulations.
Your emergency lighting systems need to be flick tested on a monthly basis, and should be professionally serviced annually. When was the last time your lights were professionally serviced?
How old are our fire systems right now?
It’s always important to have an eye on the age of your fire systems. Whether it’s fire fighting equipment like sprinklers and extinguishers, or fire detection and emergency systems, they should all be modern enough and in-date to be able to fulfil their purpose.
When did you last have a fire alarm system installed? When was your emergency lighting system installed? Typically, these systems should be upgraded every 10 years. If you are unsure whether or not your fire systems are sufficient for your current situation, book a free site survey with us today!
Are exits clearly located, even it’s dark or dim?
In an emergency, it’s crucial that all occupants – even if they don’t know your building particularly well – are able to locate exits and escape the building quickly.
Have you checked in dim or dark situations whether your exit signs and directions are clear and visible for all occupants? Do you have lighting and emergency exit signs in the right places?
Are we certain that our emergency lighting & fire systems were installed to BS 5839 and BS 5266 requirements / specifications?
In the UK, all fire detection systems must be installed to meet the various BS 5839 specifications, whilst all emergency lighting systems need to meet BS 5266 standards. If not, they may fail inspections and could underperform in an emergency.
Do you know whether or not your systems were installed to meet these standards, and if not, have since been upgraded to?
Are escape routes clear? If not why are they blocked and how frequently?
Finally, you should always be on top of fire exits and escape routes – blocking these could lead to severe consequences in an emergency where occupants might be blocked from escaping.
Ask yourself regularly whether all escape routes are clear, and if not, what is blocking them and why so that you can stay on top if it and keep them clear in future.