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details about safety signs.
In practically every workplace it is a legal obligation to
provide a means of fighting fire and to ensure adequate maintenance.
This requirement may even be imposed by an insurance company as a
condition of insurance for your business.
The presence of fixed fire fighting equipment installed to deal with
special fire risks in certain premises does not negate the need for
portable fire equipment to deal with small fires as they start.
Why choose a FireSafe Extinguisher:
- British Made and Approved
- High Fire Ratings to BS EN3
- Environmentally Safe Agent
- Smaller and lighter in use
- Indirect use near electrical equipment
- Multiple Fire Rating:
- Class A – Wood Paper Cloth
- Class B – Flammable Liquid Plastic
- Class C – Flammable Gasses
- Class D – Flammable Metals
- Class E – In the proximity of Power
- Class F – Flammable oils – Fryers
Our Service Engineers are qualified to Service Portable Fire
Extinguishers in accordance with the rules laid down by the Fire
Extinguishing Trades Association.
Below we give some general advice on the use of fire
extinguishers in the workplace:
- Portable extinguishers should always be sited:
- As close as possible to the fire risk.
- Adjacent to exit doorways
- On escape routes
- Away from extremes of temperature
- Where possible, in groups forming ‘fire points’
- Where possible, in shallow recesses
- At the same locations on each floor in uniform buildings
- The extinguishers should be securely fixed to a wall with the
carrying handles approximately 1m from floor level. They should
NOT be used to hold open doors, or as a convenient coat or jacket
stand, and NEVER returned to their allotted positions if they have
been partly used or tampered with.
- Persons wishing to use a fire extinguisher should not have to
travel more than 30m in any direction to locate one, and the
extinguishers should be clearly visible and accessible at all
- Where extinguishers are not clearly visible a ‘fire point’
sign must be permanently fixed to a wall indicating the position
of the fire extinguisher.
- Because there is a legal obligation to provide a means of fire
fighting in the workplace, it makes sense that all employees are
trained in how to properly use the equipment.
- The policy for the training of staff needs to be given very
careful consideration, with the personal safety of staff being of
paramount importance. It is important to consider why staff should
be trained, which staff should be trained, how frequently and the
extent of the training required.
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Clear and effective communication is vital when a building has to
be evacuated. Therefore, Fire Exits, Exit Routes and Fire Fighting
Equipment all need to be clearly and distinctly identified by
readily understood signs.
The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996
stipulate the shape, colour and pattern of signs for the purpose of
providing signs that can be understood without the need to provide
supplementary text. This is achieved by the combined use of
pictograms and colours with clearly defined meanings. Borders on
safety signs improve sign effectiveness by heightening contrast
between the sign and its surroundings.
The type of signs you need to display depends largely on the size
and type of your company. Very basically; you need to display Fire
Exit and Fire Escape signs. Where direct sight of an Exit or Fire
Exit is not possible, a sign, or series of signs, using appropriate
directional arrows should be provided.
Fire Equipment signs are required wherever you have fire equipment
and general safety signs may be required to cover numerous different
aspects eg. Construction, hazardous materials, hygiene, smoking,
first aid etc.
To determine your exact requirements you really need to have a site
survey conducted which will report on your company’s exact
situation. Our professional engineers are sign specialists and will
help to advise on all your safety sign requirements.
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