It is good to see the UK slowly returning to normal, with more and more businesses being allowed to open back up. The Government have issued often complex mandatory safety guidelines and, in an effort, to comply we have seen some business disregarding normal safety standards. This article is aimed at reminding you why it is important that you do not forget your normal safety standards, they are there for a reason!
Yes, they are heavy, they are supposed to be. Yes, we understand you want to limit contact with surface areas. Regardless, fire doors should not be wedged open, they are life saving devices designed to slow the spread of fire allowing occupants time to evacuate. They cannot do their job if you have wedged them open. Oh, and for the love of all that is good, do NOT use a fire extinguisher to prop them open! You are just compounding the issue. If you absolutely have to prop open the fire doors then use a solution like the Fireco Dorguard, which will hold open fire doors but will automatically close them when the fire alarm sounds.
Having space to allow for the social distancing requirements has been tough to accomplish. Many businesses have spent a great deal of time and effort rearranging things to keep everyone safe. However, we have seen, usually wall mounted fire extinguishers now buried behind shelving or removed to an unknown location. Please make sure your extinguishers are still accessible, update your team if you have had to reposition them and make sure the extinguisher is the correct type for the environment it is placed in i.e. you shouldn’t have a water extinguisher in an area with a lot of electrical items etc. Also make sure you update your fire plan.
It is still a requirement to ensure emergency exits are kept clear. These Covid19 safety precautions do not mean you can disregard your normal safety responsibilities. Make sure emergency exits are all still accessible and that your emergency lighting points people to the correct exit routes.
If you have had a shuffle around, make sure your portable appliances are still safe to use. You can conduct a visual inspection if there are any signs of damage to the wiring, plug, socket or casing, don’t risk it. Set the items to one side until your PAT test.
Do Not Forget Your Normal Safety Standards
We know it has been hard, for all of us. But, please, please do not disregard your normal safety practices when accommodating these new requirements. It may take a little bit more time, it may be a pain – but nowhere near as painful as the possible consequences.
Until next time… Stay Safe!