New Year’s Fire Safety Checklist for Your Office: A Guide by Safe & Sound Fire Ltd

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10Jan 2024

As the new year approaches, it’s the perfect time for businesses in Glasgow and Edinburgh to review and update their fire safety protocols. The festive period often sees an increase in fire risks, from additional heating appliances to the use of decorative lights. At Safe & Sound Fire Ltd, we understand the importance of ensuring your workplace is prepared and safe, especially during this time of the year. Here is a comprehensive New Year’s fire safety checklist for your office to ensure a safe, secure, and prosperous year ahead.

1. Review Your Fire Risk Assessment

The beginning of the year is an ideal time to review your fire risk assessment. Ensure it’s up to date and reflects any changes in your office layout, staffing, or processes that have occurred over the past year. If you haven’t yet conducted a risk assessment, now is the time to do so.

2. Check Your Fire Alarms and Detection Systems

Regularly test and maintain all fire alarms and detection systems to ensure they are in working order. This includes manual call points, smoke detectors, and heat detectors. Remember, a well-maintained fire alarm system is crucial for early detection and can save lives.

3. Inspect Fire Extinguishers

Ensure that all fire extinguishers are easily accessible, have been inspected within the last year, and that staff know how to use them. Different types of extinguishers are used for different types of fires, so make sure the right kind is in the appropriate location.

4. Verify Emergency Lighting and Exit Signs

Check that all emergency lighting and exit signs are functioning correctly to ensure that escape routes are clearly visible and illuminated, even in the event of a power failure.

5. Clear Escape Routes

Walk through your office and ensure that all escape routes and fire exits are clear of obstructions. After holiday decorations are taken down, it’s easy for items to be inadvertently placed in these areas.

6. Conduct Fire Drills

The new year is a great time to conduct a fire drill. This helps ensure everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency and can identify any issues with your fire evacuation plan.

7. Educate Your Staff

Ensure that all employees are aware of fire safety procedures, including how to evacuate the building, where fire extinguishers are located, and who to contact in an emergency. Consider organizing a fire safety training session if it’s been a while since the last one.

8. Safe Use of Electrical Appliances

With the cold weather, the use of additional heating devices is common. Ensure that all electrical appliances are tested and certified for safety (PAT testing), and remind staff to turn off non-essential electrical appliances at the end of the day.

9. Keep Decorations Safe

If your office is still sporting festive decorations, ensure they are fire-resistant and not blocking any safety equipment or exits. Always switch off decorative lights at the end of the day to prevent overheating.

10. Regular Maintenance and Inspection

Schedule regular maintenance and inspection of all fire safety equipment and systems throughout the year. This proactive approach can help identify potential issues before they become serious problems.

At Safe & Sound Fire Ltd, we are committed to helping businesses in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and beyond achieve the highest standards of fire safety. Our team of experts is here to assist with your fire risk assessments, equipment maintenance, and safety training needs. Start the new year on a safe note by making fire safety a priority in your office. Remember, preparation and prevention are key to protecting your staff, your assets, and your business.

Stay safe and sound with Safe & Sound Fire Ltd.​

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