Our fire safety checks lists will help keep workplaces safer
Regular fire safety checks are essential to keep a building safer and also help comply with fire safety law.
This simple guide will help managers produce a regular fire safety check. It will also help demonstrate to fire inspectors that fire safety is taken seriously by the responsible person.
The following issues need to be considered:
- Fire risk assessment – Has a comprehensive fire risk assessment taken place. Have all the significant findings and action points been addressed?
- Fire alarm – Is the fire alarm maintained according to Government guidance. Are daily, weekly and six monthly tests carried out?
- Fire doors – Has a fire door survey been carried out. In addition, is a monthly door check carried out and recorded?
- Escape routes – Are escape routes kept clear and unobstructed. Are the escape routes suitable for all persons in the building?
- Fire exit doors – Are fire exit doors immediately available for use? Do fire exits have correct signage including a running man and also how top open information?
- Fire exit signs – Do all fire exit signs comply with European Standards?
- Fire action notices – Are fire action notices placed by all fire alarm call points. In addition, are they located on notice boards and staff room areas.
- Travel distance – Are all escape routes within permitted travel distance?
- Emergency lighting – Is there adequate emergency lighting in all escape routes. Is the lighting tested daily, monthly and have an annual discharge test?
- Fire extinguishers – Are fire extinguishers maintained by engineers each year. Is a monthly (or less) check carried out on fire extinguishers to check tags, pins, pressure, damage and also obstruction?
- Fire Training – Do all staff receive regular fire drills and fire training. In addition, do staff with additional fire emergency duties receive further training eg fire marshals?
- Fire drills – Are fire drills carried out frequently so that staff can practise the evacuation drill?
- Visitors – Are visitors provided with fire safety procedure information?
- Contractors – Are contractors provided with fire safety procedures. Where there are more than five contractors on site or any number are on site for more than 31 days are CDM Regulations implemented?
- Calling the fire service – Are suitable arrangements to call the fire service in place for all times that the building is occupied?
- Disabled persons – Are there disabled procedures, PEEPS and fire safety equipment to assist disabled persons from the building?
- Assembly point – Do all staff know where the assembly point and also secondary assembly point is?