Evacuating a building in the event of a fire can be tricky and confusing at the best of times. When evacuating people with reduced mobility or mental capacity the evacuation process is even more challenging. This is where a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan comes in. Widely utilised in environments like hospitals and care homes, PEEPs should also be applied in[…]
In every workplace, public place, hospital, care home, school and hopefully a lot of homes, there should be a regularly reviewed Fire Evacuation Plan. This will detail what should happen in the event of a fire. The contents of this plan will be formed after a fire risk assessment and should be regularly reviewed and updated. A major part of[…]
Fire Safety Training For Employees. Fire, since its first discovery has been intrinsic to the human race’s continued survival. However, it is also one of the most destructive natural forces. None of us like to think about worse case scenarios. When it comes to fire, every child is taught very early on, not to touch or play with fire. It[…]
Just another day – a fire evacuation story. It’s just another day at work. You’re mid-way through writing an email when you’re dragged back into reality because someone shouted something. What was it? FIRE! You hear it again and this time you brain starts to whirl as the deafening sound of the fire alarm attacks your senses. There’s a fire[…]
Fire Safety Series – How often should fire safety training be undertaken? This is another really good question and one that asked time and time again. In this article we answer this question & highlight the things you should be considering regarding to fire safety refresher training. You might be surprised at just how often staff training need to be[…]
Fire Safety Series – How many Fire Marshals do you need? How many Fire Marshals do you need? This is a question that we’re regularly asked. In this article we highlight the things you need to consider during the decision making process. Sadly there isn’t a clearly defined answer to this question. There isn’t a “marshal per number of employees”[…]
Fire Safety Series – The Fire Safety Risk Assessment In this article we aim to clarify exactly what a Fire Safety Risk Assessment is and how to undertake one for your business. We’ve included a number of links to freely available resources for you to download that will help guide you through undertaking a FSRA for your own premises. So[…]
Fire safety in high-rise residential buildings remains in the news. On the 21st May 2019, the Welsh Housing and Local Government Minister, Julie James, will consider new legislation to replace the current Fire Safety Order and a new building control process. This is part of the Welsh government’s response to the Building Safety Expert Group’s Road Map, released in March[…]
Evacuation Chair Servicing: Our evacuation chairs had their annual service today so that they’re all ready to be used on our upcoming evacuation chair user & assistant courses. While the engineer was working on them we got chatting. He said that having just won a new contract, they were amazed to find that the vast majority of evacuation chairs that[…]
Fire Safety at home: Shocking figures have been released by the Home Office showing that last year, 248 people lost their lives due to a fire at home. Many of these could have been prevented had some basic measures for fire safety at home been put in place. Fire safety precautions at home can be very simple to implement. Sometimes[…]
This week, as part of my fire safety blog series, I’m looking into the Fire Safety Log book. If you’ve never heard of a fire safety log book, you may well be wondering what one is, what they’re for & whether you need one. So let’s start from first principals. What is a Fire Safety Log Book? Put simply, the[…]
In this short blog post (part of the Fire Safety Bog Series), I’m going to take a quick look at the role of the “Responsible Person”, the “Competent Person” & the “Relevant Person”.
In this blog post I’m going to talk about evacuation chairs. There are lots of makes and models of evacuation chair on the market. You have probably already seen some in publicly accessible buildings such as hospitals, hotels, sports grounds and arenas; I’ve even seen one in my local Costa Coffee shop. In which case you might be wondering what an evacuation chair does, who it’s for and how you use it? So let’s start with the basics.