As K & D Systems specialises in fire curtains and fire shutters, we’re usually in contact with conscientious companies who are very aware of the potential dangers fire poses to their workforce, their assets, and their premises. However, we know that not all businesses take fire safety as seriously as they should and some just need a little bit of guidance. This blog is our way of helping companies get their fire safety knowledge up to scratch, but it isn’t a replacement for official fire-safety training. In today’s blog, we’re looking at fire safety and evacuation plans. For more information, visit GOV.uk.
Yesterday, we wrote part 1 in our blog post explaining the different kinds of fire and how to extinguish them. Today, we’d like to follow it up with the last two kinds of fire and a little reminder of the three components of a fire triangle, which we covered in more detail in our dedicated Fire Triangle blog post. In part 1, we covered the following kinds of fires, all characterised by the kind of fuel they burn:
- Ordinary combustion fires – Class A
- Flammable liquids – Class B
- Flammable gases – Class C
- Metal fires – Class D
Anyone interested in fire safety at some point has probably wondered what different kinds of fires there are. The type of fire changes depending on the type of fuel that is burning. And as we covered in our Fire Triangle blog post in May, fuel is one of the vital three components of any fire. Different kinds of fires require different kinds of fire extinguishing methods and tools. So, understanding the difference between them could help save lives and a lot of money in damages – especially if a fire is in the workplace. All UK fires are classed according to the European Standard Classification of Fires, which is used across the European Union. This blog post will look at the different classes of fire and how you can prevent/fight them.
In yesterday’s blog post we looked at fire safety signs. We covered the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 legislation and we discussed when an employer must display fire safety signs on their premises. We then began discussing the different kinds of standardised safety signs and we discussed the first three:
Everyone will have noticed fire safety signs dotted around most workplaces at some point. Fire safety signs have been so commonplace that it is difficult to imagine the world without them. But before the 1992 Safety Signs Directive came into effect for all EU members, there wasn’t a complete, rigorous set of laws governing health and safety signs and standards in the workplace. These laws were then updated to the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 legislation.
Last week, we published a blog post that looked at the fire triangle (also known as the combustion triangle). In it, we discussed how fires are ignited and sustained by three ingredients: fuel, heat, and oxygen. This follow-up blog post explains which fire safety equipment can be used to remove each element of the fire triangle, thus putting out the fire. There are many ways to put out a fire, and this article looks at several of them. Understanding as much as possible about firefighting equipment can ensure you deal with a fire effectively and as safely. Misusing the equipment will not only make it less effective, but it can also prove dangerous for the user.
(Note: Although well informed, none of our advice is officially certified and does not serve as a substitute for official fire safety training.)
In our fire safety training guide last month, we mentioned the fire triangle and promised to write a dedicated blog post explaining what it was. With various complicated fire safety procedures to learn (and remember), it is a nice change of pace to focus on basic combustion theory. The fire triangle (AKA combustion triangle or fire diamond) is a model used to explain the relationship between fuel, heat, and oxygen that starts and maintains a fire. This diagram is used in fire safety training to help people understand combustion theory. The more we understand about fire and how it works, the better we are at preventing and fighting it.
In this two-part blog, we’ve been looking at fire safety training. This is not an official training resource, however, and we encourage anyone interested in fire safety to visit the official government portal. Part 1 made a case for why workplaces should take fire safety seriously by outlining not only the potential loss of life caused by fire, but also the potential for a fire to ruin your business, no matter how well insured you are. Part 2 of this fire safety training guide will offer a few invaluable tips and outline exactly what kind of training your staff should receive.
As fire safety experts, we have discussions every day with business owners and managers about fire safety training and why it’s so important. Obviously, all of our customers take fire safety seriously as our fire curtains, smoke curtains, and fire shutters all help protect premises from fires and to slow down fires once they get started. But you can never take fire safety too seriously if you run your own business. Fire can destroy lives as well as property. And if your business has only one premises, then a fire could potentially destroy all your equipment and/or stock and shut you down for several months or for good.
Last August we wrote a blog post about fire prevention in the workplace and we’d like to follow this up with five easy fire safety tips. There is a clear set of fire safety legal guidelines for any office environment. And the technicalities of these health and safety requirements are the responsibility of your office’s fire safety officer. However, there are certain things everyone should be doing to ensure your office is protected from fire and that it prepared in the event of a fire. This article offers helpful advice, but none of it should take the place of official health and safety guidelines. Think of these tips as a fire safety side dish, as opposed to the main course.