Fire safety is extremely important and all property owners and employers are required to adhere to fire safety regulations in order to keep their properties safe for those working in them. As an employer it is mandatory to ensure that you are up to date with all the rules and regulations to avoid fines or lawsuits in case of an accident. Below are some of the things to look out for when checking your fire safety regulations in Kent.

  1. Ensure you take general fire precautions

This basically means that you do everything practicably possible to ensure the safety of your employees and the property itself. The degree of precautions may vary depending on the property and the kind of work being done on the property. For example, high risk workplaces that deal with open fires may require a higher standard than those that do not deal with open fires.

  1. Do a risk assessment

You are required as part of the fire safety regulations in Kent, to take a risk assessment of your property in order to identify all the risks involved. Once the assessment has been done it is up to you as the responsible person to control or mitigate the risk of fire. This risk assessment must be done regularly especially if any changes are made that would increase the risk of fire.

  1. Firefighting and detection precautions

It is your duty to ensure that depending on the risk of fire, that proper firefighting equipment, alarms and detectors are put in place. Equipment like fire extinguishers must also be placed where they can be easily accessed in case of an emergency.

  1. Highlight emergency routes and exits

Emergency exits should remain clear and easily accessible at all times. You must also ensure that there are clear signs and directions showing the easiest and fastest way to get safety in times of an emergency.

  1. Emergency procedures must be put in place

An emergency protocol must be put in place to provide a guideline of what should be done during an emergency. This guideline should be made available to all those at risk so that they are constantly aware of what to do in case of an emergency. A good way to ensure that the procedure is known is by staging a fire drill.

  1. Safety assistance

It is upon you as the responsible person to ensure that you engage the services of a person or persons who are competent and capable of undertaking preventive and protective measures to ensure fire safety.

  1. Provision of Information to employees

You must ensure that the employees are made aware of the risks they face. They must also be enlightened on the precautions to take in order to maintain fire safety in the workplace. They must also be provided with sufficient training at the time of employment as well as when new risks are introduced in the workplace.

Although the list above gives an insight as to what you should look out for when checking your fire safety regulations in Kent, it is advisable to engage the services of a professional fire and safety consultation firm to ensure that you have complied with all rules and regulations regarding fire and safety. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry.

If you have any questions about Fire Safety Regulations please contact Risk Safety Services on 0843 523 0410.

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