Six tips for fire safety on construction sites
At Bull, we’re experts in UK fire safety. We’ve been helping the UK construction industry with tailor-made fire safety advice and support for over a decade.
We know fire safety law and regulations inside out. We carry out fire safety assessments, provide thorough, practical fire safety training, supply (for hire or purchase) fire safety equipment including fire extinguishers, and carry out servicing to maintain fire safety equipment to the highest standards.
We know that the rules and regulations concerning fire safety law can appear overwhelming – that’s why we’ve put together this short blog – Bull’s six tips for keeping your business and workforce fire safe.
1. Conduct Fire Risk Assessments
Make sure your business has a Fire Risk Assessment carried out at least once a year.
A Fire Risk Assessment is necessary to understand the specific risks of fire relating to each individual property or building – and to understand how to protect the premises and your workforce from the risks present.
Construction materials, site floor plans, doors, windows, the way in which the building is used, combustible materials present, sources of ignition – they are all factors that need to be considered when assessing a building’s fire risk and the hazards involved.
At Bull, our team of qualified Fire Risk Assessors carry out Fire Risk Assessments for our clients based on a thorough site inspection and examination of documents including photographs and plans of the premises.
After completing a Fire Risk Assessment, our team produce a report including recommendations for follow-up action. It may be that gaps in training are identified, or that fire extinguishers need replacing or servicing etc. It all helps businesses take control and ensure fire safety compliance.
2. Install Correct Extinguishers
Do you know which fire extinguishers you need for your business premises? Water? Powder? Foam? CO2? What about wet chemical fire extinguishers?
There’s no such thing as a universal fire extinguisher – different materials burn in different ways, posing different fire risks and demanding different responses. Having the right extinguishers for the specific risks of your workplace is essential.
At Bull, we stock and supply the full range of regulation-compliant fire extinguishers. We’ve got more than 50 different models listed on our website, and with so many different types of extinguisher available, it’s understandable if it seems rather confusing.
Talk to one of our team of experts to understand exactly what fire extinguishers you need to keep your business safe.
Of course, appropriate Fire Extinguisher Assessments and identification is one of the outcomes of a having a thorough Fire Risk Assessment from Bull.
3. Ensure Regular Servicing
Having the correct fire safety equipment on your premises is essential. Of equal importance is keeping the equipment well maintained and in good working order, so that should they ever be called into action, they work without fail. Malfunctioning or inoperable extinguishers cost lives.
When you hire fire extinguishers from Bull, there’s no need to worry about servicing – we automatically carry out annual servicing as part of the hire package. We also offer fire extinguisher servicing and repair as a standalone service for businesses who prefer to own their own extinguishers.
4. Fire Safety Training
Giving your workforce the skills and training needed to respond safely and appropriately in the event of a fire is not only essential – it’s a legal requirement.
Generally, large fires start as small fires of a size and nature that can be tackled by suitably trained staff using portable fire extinguishers. Therefore, action by staff can help prevent development of a fire that would pose a threat to life, or can lessen or delay the spread of fire until the emergency services arrive to respond.
At Bull, we offer a range of fire safety training courses, designed to give your workforce the skills and confidence they need to understand how to respond in the event of a fire.
Our hands-on and practical courses are especially relevant for those who are responsible for overseeing fire safety, designated fire marshals, and anyone who needs to know how to use a fire extinguisher.
We know that when it comes to putting out fires and using extinguishers, no amount of theory can compare with real life experience. That’s why our fire safety training courses give attendees the chance to extinguish a live fire.
From a 4 hour course on Fire Safety Awareness with Live Extinguishers, to Fire Marshall with Live Extinguisher Training, our courses will help your team understand the following:
- Recognise the cost of fire
- The role of the fire marshal
- Liaison with the fire service
- Action on discovering a fire
- Fire safety legislation
- The chemistry of fire
- Common causes of fire
- Fire safety precautions and prevention
- Fire drills and evacuation
- How to use fire extinguishers
5. Fire drill
Does everyone in your workforce know what should happen in the event of fire? Having a safe and well rehearsed fire evacuation procedure is required by law. A clear and simple drill, which everyone understands, helps keep people calm in the event of a real fire.
Lives are saved when people know what is required of them, where they are required to be, and who they need to report to.
At Bull, we can help your business plan safe and simple fire evacuation procedures for you to practice with your workforce.
6. Appoint experts
At Bull, we know that the legal requirements concerning fire safety law can appear overwhelming. That’s why we always recommend appointing a specialist fire safety organisation, such as Bull to manage your fire safety compliance for you.
We can manage all aspects of your fire safety requirements and you’ll get peace of mind knowing that your business is legally compliant and your workforce protected.
Put your fire safety in our safe hands
At Bull, our expert engineers can assess the specific risks for your work environment and advise on (and deliver) the appropriate types of fire safety training, and fire safety equipment, required to keep your work environment safe and your business compliant.
For more information about how we help the UK construction industry meet fire safety standards, or how we could help your business, talk to one of our team of knowledgeable and friendly advisors on 01432 806806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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