Summer is here and if its anything like last year, it’s lining up to be a scorcher. Increases in temperature is all well and good while you are out sunbathing, however, it also brings an increase in fire hazards.
The best way to deal with a fire… is to prevent it!
Reduce Your Summer Time Fire Risks
1. Check Your Extinguishers
Fire Extinguishers are integral to keeping your premises compliant with fire safety. To ensure your extinguishers and equipment remain undamaged, make sure they are kept out of direct sunlight. Alternatively, the P50 fire extinguisher is already UV resistant! Other visual checks should also be made to ensure the extinguishers are undamaged. View our Monthly Fire Extinguisher Checks video.
2.Don’t Overload Sockets
As the weather heats up, it’s natural to put fans on to keep cool. However, overloaded sockets are a fire risk. Unplug all unused electrical equipment and store in appropriate places. Less heat will be generated from the sockets and therefore there will be less risk of a fire.
Throwing a discarded cigarette in the bin isn’t safe enough, warmer days can lead to bin contents becoming dry, hot and more flammable. Smoking areas should also be away from the building and other hazardous areas such as bin areas and fuel storage.
Ensure that your outside areas are kept clean. As the rubbish picks up, bin areas can become a fire hazard. Dry vegetation and leaves can also raise your chances of a fire, dispose of your rubbish correctly to make sure they don’t act as a fire starter.
It is a legal requirement to have an up to date Fire Risk Assessment. The Fire Risk Assessment should be reviewed every 12 months and updated every 3 years . This will highlight the people at risk on your site as well as reviewing your procedures and fire risks.