Top fire safety tips for office environments
Many of us go to work every day in office environments and buildings of varying kinds, and we all go about our business assuming that all health and safety aspects of our workplace are catered for. We should, however, all be aware of the basic workplace health and safety procedures and systems, especially when it comes to fire safety.
Here are some aspects we should all be familiar with:
Top causes of fire
There are many potential causes of fire within an office environment, the most common of which are:
Electrical faults often happen when portable items and equipment aren’t properly tested or maintained, or the whole electrical system itself is not in in good order. Often, also, where lighting, or other electrical equipment, is placed too close to flammable materials, there is an increased fire risk.
The practice of wedging office fire doors open is, not only highly dangerous, but also illegal. Internal fire doors that are properly installed and maintained can save lives and property – but only if kept closed!
Smoking related fires still occur, though now, through stricter controls and guidelines, and a change in social habits, to a lesser extent.
All buildings should have an emergency plan in case of fire outbreak, clearly identifying actions, procedure and escape routes.
Things you can do to reduce office fire risks
Proper planning can greatly improve your building fire safety.
One important tip – remember that your emergency plan should consider how appropriate it is for ALL staff – failure to take into account people with restricted physical capabilities, or age, could have catastrophic consequences.
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