Fire safety is an essential consideration for business owners and managers throughout Australia. Things like fire extinguishers and other safety gear can help reduce the risk of a serious fire breaking out in your workplace, but they simply must not be seen as an alternative to a clear fire action plan.
Fire action plans are essential to ensure the safety of your staff and clients in the case of a workplace fire. In some cases, fire safety or action plans are required by law. Make sure that you and your workplace is covered by developing or updating your fire action plan today. Consider the following:
Start with a map of your building:
To begin, it is important to have a clear idea of the layout of your building, to know where all exits are and to know how easy those exits are to access. Identify existing fire exits, and mark them on your map. Make sure that they are accessible to all personnel and are not locked or restricted access. If they are in the form of windows that have to be broken, make sure that there is a fire axe or hammer in the immediate vicinity for this.
Identify existing fire safety gear:
Once you have an idea about the wider layout of your building, you need to identify any existing safety equipment and fire mitigation methods. This will include things such as: