How to Ensure Fire Safety in the Workplace
Fire safety should be a top priority
for any business, as even the smallest fire can escalate very quickly and cause
significant damage to company property, not to mention pose a very real risk of
loss of life.
To help your business maximise its
safety procedures, we provide a wide variety of high-quality and affordable fire protection equipment that includes fire extinguishers, fire signage, arc
flash clothing, fire blankets, burns first aid kits and much more.
Why you need commercial fire extinguishers
All commercial settings need suitable fire extinguishers, as they’re extremely effective at stopping small fires from
growing into huge infernos. Having fire extinguishers placed in key areas across
your premises also shows that you’re a responsible employer that looks after
the safety of its staff and visitors, plus your business will remain compliant
with current fire regulations.
Types of fire extinguisher
Due to there being
different sources of fire, there are six types of fire extinguisher to choose
from. Common examples include powder extinguishers, water extinguishers, CO2
extinguishers and foam extinguishers,
Below are the six
classifications. If you’re not sure which you require, our customer service
experts are available to help you decide which will best suit your commercial
- Class A:
Combustible carbon-based solids, such as paper, wood or textiles
- Class B:
Flammable liquids, such as paraffin, petrol, diesel or oil (but not cooking
- Class C:
Flammable gases, such as butane, propane or methane
- Class D:
Burning metals, such as aluminium, lithium or magnesium
- Electrical: Fires caused by
electrical equipment require a fire extinguisher with an electric
spark symbol (rather than the letter E)
- Class F:
Fats and cooking oils
Signs your fire extinguishers need to be serviced
A fire extinguisher will only remain
effective against flames if it’s properly monitored and looked after, which
includes regular servicing. For instance, if the fire extinguisher has been
used, it needs to be recharged immediately, otherwise the pressure will drop.
Other things to look out for include:
Low pressure reading
Illegible operating instructions
Broken or missing safety seals
Clear physical damage
A clogged nozzle
If you spot any of these signs, it’s
time to have your fire extinguisher serviced so that it remains operational.
There’s a high chance that if some of the above factors apply, it’s time to fully
replace the fire extinguisher. Though this comes with a small expense, the
alternative is far more costly.
Risks of not having these items inspected
As with any type of machinery or equipment, lack of inspection can result in a fire extinguisher failing when you need it most. The first few seconds of a fire are the most crucial as they offer the largest chance of you being able to put out the flames, so having your fire extinguishers regularly inspected brings an exceptional return on investment and complete peace of mind.
Arc flash protection
If your employees work in settings that
can experience electrical discharge, they need to wear reliable arc flash clothing. This type of
safety workwear is specifically designed to protect the individual from arc
flashes, which can travel from a conductor to the ground and also via air
By equipping your workers with arc
flash and flame-resistant clothing, they’re protected against this very serious
and potentially lethal workplace hazard.
Order your fire safety equipment today
To find out more about how we can help
you to maintain fire safety across your workplace, give our team of safety
specialists a call on 01 8499 100 or email email@example.com.
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