Fire safety, what are the benefits?

There are benefits to you as an employer and as a business owner in managing fire safety, but I regularly come across businesses across Belfast and further afield that have not taken any measures to protect their business from a fire!
One of the reoccurring reasons is the lack of the knowledge of the requirements in NI fire safety legislation. The need to comply with legislation and the need to complete a fire risk assessment is important in terms of legal requirements and every employer should do these as a matter of routine. Failure to comply with the regulations may incur an improvement notice or prohibition notice for the fire service.

But the benefits if a positive attitude towards fire safety can benefit the business and employees in a number of ways!

So firstly is a positive fire safety culture. This can be seen by the employees during the fire risk management from testing fire alarms and emergency lighting to them seeing the extinguisher engineer in completing the annual maintenance. Completing disabled evacuation plans (PEEP’S)  and general fire safety management will allow staff to see their welfare being considered and protected by the employer.

Also to be considered is what a well-trained employee can do during a fire. Staff who have completed a fire training course will be more likely to use an extinguisher, therefore, saving lives and the business!

A business with good fire safety management is less likely to suffer from a fire and the subsequent closure, lost production, personal injury claims and lost stock. What do you tell the employees on a Monday morning when a fire had destroyed the business! If your business is badly damaged or destroyed in a fire, could you cope financially to reopen and pay the employees wages during the rebuilding?

If your insurance company can see that you as an employer were proactive in term of fire safety management, they are more likely to pay in full for the insurance claim!

This definitely suggests that prevention is better than the outcome!

Make sure your fire risk assessment is up to date and that you are completing the required tests and keeping records!!

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