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Best practice tips for fire safety in work

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When running a business, one of the most important things that you can do is look after your staff’ health & wellbeing. This includes not only making their job as easy as it can be so they can be their most productive. It also includes making sure that staff feel safe in the workplace. Doing that, though, is not as easy as it may first sound.

The best thing that you can do to allay these fears is to listen. Let your staff come to you with their own personal assessment and opinion on the state of play within the workplace. Let them be honest and open about the fears they have, so that you can give your staff a better chance to feel safe when they come to work.

It’s the little things that matter, and it’s one of the main reasons why you have to stay on top of all fire safety needs at work. For example, one of the most highly recommended fire safety features you could install is a fire curtain and a smoke curtain. Together, these items help to keep a fire contained and make sure that the spread of the smoke can be managed, limiting the risk to health, life, and structural integrity.

Why do I need a fire curtain?

A fire curtain is probably one of the best investments that you can make from a business safety point of view. Why? Because they help to keep the flames at bay. As a fire begins to rip through the building, the last thing that you need is it not being able to be stopped and/or contained. When that happens, you could rely on a fire curtain to come down and stop the spread of the fire.

This also helps to make sure that your fire is not going to get worse by spreading to other key areas. Staff will feel safer knowing that the building is split up into key sections, making sure that it can be shut down and sectioned as and when it is needed.

For many people, one of the best things to know about your employer is that they take fire safety so very seriously. Nobody should have to go to work and worry about their building burning down. Tools like fire curtains, allied to an open policy about letting staff speak about fire safety at work, will really improve the standards of your workplace.

Really, you have to do all that you can to make sure that staff can feel comfortable about the state of their workplace. If you worry that your staff might lack confidence in the safety of their place of work, then install some fire safety and prevention tools.

Make them see just how much work you are doing to keep the building safe – and them safe, too. Show them what you are doing to stay modern and on top of the challenge of handling a potential fire. If you do that, you will be so much more likely to get a positive outcome regarding general workplace safety.

Every business should be fully prepared to combat a fire, and this means making sure your staff feel ready, too. Do that for long enough, and your business will thrive.

 

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Simon is a creative and passionate business leader dedicated to having fun in the pursuit of high performance and personal development. He is co-founder of Applied Change, a Business Change consultancy based in the UK. Simon is also an Ambassador for Gloucestershire business. Simon is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development.

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