Every business has its own unique health and safety measures, requirements, and procedures to follow. However, there are some key health and safety rules and equipment every workplace must enforce and provide to ensure the safety of their staff.
Fire safety is one of these things. Every workplace and premises must adhere to fire safety guidelines. These responsibilities include:
– Carry out fire risk assessments and review these regularly
– Tell staff or their representatives about the risks that have been identified
– Put safety measure in place, maintain them and assure they appropriate for the premises
– Plan for an emergency
– Provide correct fire safety instruction and training
Providing, enforcing, and maintaining fire safety equipment is essential for a safe work environment. Some fire safety equipment is listed below to ensure you are maintaining safe fire safety practices and providing the correct equipment.
Whether you’re a business owner, a homeowner, or just trying to learn more, fire safety should always be implemented.
Everyday fire safety
Fire blanket – Fire blankets are ideal to keep in any room that may be a fire hazard. A kitchen for example. The fire blanket can then be thrown over the fire to supress the fire. Ideal for workplaces and homes.
Socket inserts – Socket inserts are designed to prevent toddlers and small children from the risk of electric shocks from mains controlled electrical sockets. They plug up the socket and reduce the risk of an electrical shock.
Fire rated acrylic sealant – A sealant designed to prevent the spread of fire and smoke through joints and openings in fire rated floors and walls.
Draft seals – Draft seals work by fitting into a door frame and when exposed to heat, they expand to fill the gaps with a flame tight seal that can last 30-60 minutes.
Fire curtain – Fire curtains are used in large buildings to prevent the development of a fire. I open plan or complex buildings, fire curtains compartmentalise space in the same way that fire doors do, preventing a fire from growing.
Intumescent fire mastic – A powerful fire-resistant filler and sealant that provides a seal against smoke, fire, and toxic fumes. Ideal around door frames to stop the spread of fires.
Construction fire safety
Intumescent Fire Hoods for Downlights – These should be used when installing downlights into a ceiling. They are designed to protect the unit once installation is installed.
Acoustic downlight covers – Downlight covers allow for continuous insulation over and around the light fitting which improves the effectiveness of insulation and therefore meets building requirements.
Luminaire covers – Luminaire Covers are fire rated covers or fire canopies designed to fire rate recessed luminaire or fluorescent module fixtures and reinstate the performance of ceilings when penetrated by recessed lights.
Putty pads – Putty pads are designed to maintain the fire resistance of plasterboard partitions where they may have been penetrated by plastic or metal socket boxes.
Intumescent pillows – These can be placed within a wall or floor to stop the spread of fire where the resisting compartment has been penetrated.
Steel faceplates – Designed to cover fire rated block grilles in the openings of fire compartment walks, fire doors and partitions where ventilation is required.
Intumescent coated slabs – Use over door frames between the door edge and ceiling and function as a fire barrier.
PU coated glass cloth – A gas proof fabric that is flame retardant.
Intumescent pipe collar/wrap – These provide up to four hours of fire protection and can be used within walls to prevent or delay smoke or fire spreading.
Soldering mats – Heatproof mats that can be used for soldering and construction purposes.
Intumescent glazing channel – In the event of a fire this material will expand and assists in cooling the perimeter of the glass.