Fire safety is something that is a legal requirement for non-domestic premises.
There should be a designated responsible person to organise matters when and if a fire breaks out. This will typically be an employer, landlord, or anyone who is in charge of the affected premises. The responsible person is also expected to oversee all aspects of fire safety and training, and the fire safety and evacuation plan.
In the workplace new members of staff should be trained as quickly as possible, and all employees should be made aware of any potential fire risks as soon as they become known. Drills are an important element of fire safety training, and there should be at least one drill carried out each year. Results should be recorded, and kept with the fire safety and evacuation plan.
Staff should be informed on where the escape routes are located and be trained how to use them correctly. This training should also involve planning the best escape routes for any member of staff who has mobility problems, i.e. they are wheelchair users. Members of staff should be selected and trained for this purpose.
A fire detectors and warning system should be placed in the building, as well as fire fighting equipment. Staff should be trained to use fire fighting equipment as part of their overall fire safety training. The equipment will also need to be tested regularly and properly maintained.
One of the advantages of fire safety training is that any problems can become quickly apparent and then acted upon. Checks should also be carried out on every fire alarm, emergency lighting, fire exit doors and automatic fire doors. All the possible means of escape should be regularly checked and easy to reach. Fire exit signs should be clearly visible and in a prominent place.