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Fire Safety Advice for the Summer

Jun 22, 2023 | Fire Safety

Fire safety advice summer

British summer time seems to be changing.

And while many of us welcome warmer weather, the extreme highs of summer 2022 brought many challenges. Including an increased risk of fire. Not just out on the heaths and moorlands where summer wildfires are almost a commonality. But in our homes and offices. Meaning that many businesses are having to re-evaluate their approach to fire safety.

So, as we move towards summer once more, what fire safety precautions should you be taking for your business?

The Best Fire Safety Advice for Summer

There are a number of different things that you can do to help reduce the fire risk for your business in hot weather.

 

1. Unplug your air conditioning when not in use

Air conditioning is an absolute must when the mercury rises. But the very thing you use to protect your teams against heat exposure can themselves overheat. And when that happens, they can quickly become a fire hazard. So, when your air conditioning is not in use, it’s a really good idea to not only turn it off, but to unplug it (where possible). The same applies to other cooling mechanisms, such as fans.

It’s also wise to be aware of the risk of overloading sockets. Any overloaded sockets can be a fire risk. This isn’t just a problem in the summer months. But when the ambient temperature is already high, electrical hazards become greater.

 

2. Regularly test your fire alarm system

If you operate a business in the UK, you are legally obliged to test your fire alarm on a weekly basis. This allows you to pick up any obvious faults with the system. However, you also need to get your alarms professionally serviced at least every six months. And late May/early June is the perfect time to do this. Helping you to ensure that your business has maximum fire protection as we move into the hottest months of the year.

 

3. Make sure you have the right equipment

Fire extinguishers are your first line of defence against fire. Their role is to stop small flames from becoming dangerous infernos. So, having the right fire extinguishers for the different parts of your business is of paramount importance. You need to understand how many fire extinguishers your business needs. Where to put them. When to maintain them. And when to replace them. Many people are unaware that fire extinguishers don’t last forever, and do need to be maintained. But staying on top of fire extinguisher maintenance is the first step towards protecting your business and your people.

 

4. Ensure your business has protection when staff are away

Whether your business completely shuts down for summer or you have the difficult task of balancing employee holiday requests, your fire protection can be influenced by your manpower. Or lack thereof.  So, it pays to take precautions.

Organisations, such as schools, that are empty throughout the summer holidays can be particularly vulnerable to fire. So, it always makes sense to conduct a thorough fire risk assessment before you shut everything up for summer. Make sure that all waste is cleared. Lock away or remove any hazardous materials – including any cooking fats and art equipment. And test your alarm system.

If your business remains operational, holiday periods can present other challenges. One of the most important pieces of fire safety advice for the summer is to ensure that you have enough fire marshals to cover holidays and other absences.

Summer fire safety advice

5. Pass on fire safety advice for the summer to your teams

Having enough well-trained fire marshals is only the beginning of a business’ fire safety training requirements. The businesses that always fair the best in the event of a fire are those with the best fire safety training. If your teams are fully informed and know what to do if a fire breaks out or the alarm sounds, they will be safer. They will help to ensure that anyone else on the premises remains safe. And they will help to protect your building and assets through rapid response. So, it’s important that all of your employees know how to raise the alarm in the event of a fire. And how to respond to a fire alarm if it sounds.

How can 1st Class Fire Protection help to keep your business safe this summer?

 

At 1st Class Fire Protection, we specialise is providing, installing, servicing, and maintaining a full range of fire safety solutions. From supporting you with a thorough professional fire risk assessment to training your teams and fire marshals, and providing the fire alarms, emergency lighting, signage, and fire extinguishers most suited to your business. With more than 25 years’ experience in the field, we have the knowledge, experience, and equipment you need to keep your business safe during even the very hottest of summers.

So, as the warmer weather approaches, take some time to review the fire safety measures you have in place for your business. Ensure that your teams are trained, your fire risk assessment is up to date, and that all of your equipment is in good working order. And if in any doubt, get in touch with 1st Class Fire Protection. Our friendly team is always ready to help.

 

1st Class Fire Protection is an industry-leading fire protection company. Serving customers throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, and the surrounding areas. We can provide full installation and maintenance service for the complete range of fire protection solutions you need for your business – big or small. Get in touch to discuss your business’s requirements today.

 

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