Whether it’s your home or business, we recommend you consider some simple safety precautions to prevent your property from becoming vulnerable to both accidental and deliberate fires.
By making these safety adjustments, you will be making it harder for arsonists to attack your property which will help to prevent you and your business from an arson attack.
Fire safety advice outside a building
- Don’t stack flammable waste against on near your building, i.e.; wood, cardboard, plastics, oils or bottles of gas
- always store items in a large skip with metal covers or euro bins
- gas bottles should be stored in locked metal cages, if possible, away from the building
- oils and fuel, whether unused or not, should be stored in fire proof containers and made secure
- avoid storing ignition and fuel sources together
- consider security lighting and CCTV
- lock gates and secure all vehicles when not in use.
Fire safety advice inside a building
- Store fuel sources such as paper and cardboard in appropriate places and not near any ignition sources such as fires or heaters
- empty waste bins at the end of the working day and clear desk tops
- turn off or unplug devices or equipment that do not need to be left on
- ensure fire doors are kept closed, unless linked to the fire alarm system and are self-closing
- keep fire exit doors clear of rubbish and obstructions
- secure windows and doors at the end of the day
- install a sprinkler system or fire suppression system
- consider installing security and fire alarm systems
- carry out regular checks of your smoke detectors and any fire fighting equipment
- keep and maintain a fire safety log book
- seek advice from your insurers; they may have certain conditions attached to your policy.
What to do in the event of a fire
- Never put yourself in danger. Only attempt to put out a fire yourself when it’s in the very early stages but if in doubt, get out and call the fire service on 999 as soon as you are able to
- plan and regularly rehearse escape routes
- if the room becomes smoky, stay low down, as close to the floor as possible
- if you’re trapped upstairs, try to shut yourself in a room with a window facing the road, so that you can open the window and call for help
- seal any gaps around the door with bedding or clothes and wait by the window for rescue
- as a last resort, drop bedding to cushion your fall and then lower yourself out of the window feet first and stretch to full arm’s length before letting go
- don’t jump more than two storeys.
Fire risk assessments
As a business owner, you should carry out security and fire risk assessments in your work place, which is a requirement of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (opens in new window). These assessments will identify potential and actual fire risks, which you will need to rectify within certain time frames.