The term 'Fire safety equipment' covers a huge range of apparatus designed to protect you, your business or your home and family from the risk of fire and its devastating effects. Fire extinguishers, hose reels, fire blankets, smoke alarms, fire exit signs, fire buckets, fire doors, log books, fire training aids, passive fire protection, and escape equipment all come under the banner and aim to actively or passively fight fire. |
Business owners are required by law to provide suitable fire safety equipment in the workplace for staff and any members of the public who may be affected by a fire in the workplace. The most common and effective equipment is the fire extinguisher. Where these are installed in your workplace you should make sure that all staff are trained in their use and restrictions.
Fires in the home are the most likely to result in death and because of this, the fire service are concentrating on preventing domestic fires. The fire service will visit your home to identify any major fire risks, for example - any electrical dangers, cooking hazards, candle or smoking risks, and work on reducing these risks - such as by closing doors, not overloading plugs etc, and by devising an escape plan for you and your family to safely evacuate your home in an emergency.
You are twice as likely to die in a fire in your home if you don't have a working smoke alarm. You are also more at risk when you are asleep so ensure you check your home for any risks before you go to bed, keep exits clear and ensure everyone in your home knows where door and window keys are kept. You should also consider installing fire safety equipment in your home such as a small multi-purpose fire extinguisher and a fire blanket so should a fire break out, you have something to fight it with.
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