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Fire Safety Electrical Inspection
How to check electrical faults?
A spark from faulty electrical items and wiring can lead to a fire. Most electrical faults can be detected just by looking look for:
- Exposed wiring and damage to cables. Especially close to the plug
- Damage to the actual plug.
- Signs that the plug has overheated like melted or deformed plastic and burn marks
- Detected during annual Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
If you notice any of these, then have a qualified electrician take a further look. Never ignore the problem or try to figure it out yourself.
Fire Alarm Testing
Fire alarm testing should be carried out twice a year according to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
Our engineers carry out fire alarm testing in line with the latest UK regulations and make sure you’re compliant, as well as covered for insurance. They provide all necessary certification at the end of the service.
We will carry out your fire alarm testing even if we didn’t install your fire alarm, we can service all types, makes and models. These include all conventional or wireless fire alarm systems. Our expert engineers will deliver a service, unlike anything you have received before. Professional, friendly service and with as little delay to your working day as possible.
FIRE SAFETY TRAINING
FIRE MARSHAL TRAINING
Our Fire marshal training courses in London are delivered by professional Firefighters. Fire Marshal courses can be delivered at your venue or at ours. Attendees will receive advice and training from a real Firefighter covering the full roles and responsibilities of a designated Fire marshal. The training lasts 3 hours.
FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT
The introduction of the “Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005”, requires a ‘responsible person’ working in any non-domestic premise to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment on said premise. We have a pool of qualified fire safety consultants who can attend your venue to relieve you of this responsibility.
FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINING
Fire Extinguishers need to be kept in good working condition or else they are worthless. Siren Training can provide annual maintenance inspections of every extinguisher type at your workplace. Fire Extinguisher training is either a bolt on to any Fire Marshal or Fire Awareness course, or alternatively, it can acts as a course in itself.
Emergency lighting is lighting for any emergency situation where the main power supply is cut and any standard lighting fails. The loss of mains electricity can be a stressful event and is often an indication of a fire or a power cut. This may lead to sudden darkness and a danger to the occupants, as evacuation from a building in complete darkness can be very stressful and dangerous.
Emergency lighting should normally operate fully automatically and give off enough light to enable all occupants in the premise to evacuate safely.
Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the examination of electrical equipment and appliances to ensure they are safe. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some defects can only be found by testing. PAT Testing helps prevent injuries and death from electrical equipment by ensuring they are safe for the working environment. Our expert engineers will come on site and complete this with minimum disruption to your working day.
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OUR OTHER FIRE SAFETY TRAINING & SERVICES
Fire Evacuation Plan
A Fire Emergency Evacuation Plan (FEEP) should be in place for every workplace that employs more than 5 people. If you are unsure how to draft a FEEP please get in touch and one of our expert Fire Safety Consultants will conduct a site visit and create a document for you. Turnarounds for FEEP documents take approximately 3 days.
Fire Drill Management
Workplaces should aim to run at least one fire evacuation drills per year. The responsibility lies with either Building Management, Landlords or Company Managers. If you would like assistance on how to conduct an effective fire drill, please contact us. We will arrange a suitable time to conduct a drill and report on any improvements.
Fire Alarm / Emergency Lighting
Siren Training can offer a complete fire safety package to take the hassle out of all of your fire safety needs. Our services include; fixed wire testing, electrical works, emergency lighting inspections, fire alarm testing and inspections as well as a fire safety documentation review. Sound like a headache, give us a call.
What can cause a fire in the workplace?
The main reasons fires start are:
- Faulty or overloaded electrical equipment
- Hot work practises (such as welding)
- Portable Heaters
- Housekeeping and an accumulation of rubbish
To prevent the causes of workplace fires, we must first understand fire behavior.
What is a fire hazard in the workplace?
A hazard is anything that can cause harm. Here are a few examples of how a fire can cause harm, even death
Smoke inhalation – This is the main cause of fire deaths. By nature we misjudge the dangers of smoke. We think because smoke is not a physical barrier we can easily pass through it unharmed. In fact, firefighters refer to smoke as ‘hot gases’ and would never move through it without specialist breathing apparatus. Its important to understand the make up of smoke.
This toxic cloud is made up of:
- Carbon Monoxide and Hydrogen Cyanide that will make it difficult to breath, make you drowsy and is fatal.
- Acrolein, Sulphur and Nitrogen will irritate and sting your eyes and airway
- Phosgene and Dioxins are found in biological nerve agents and effect the central nervous system making it difficult to control basic movements.
What to do if a fire is detected or suspected?
- Raise the alarm to warm others that there is a fire. This may be by activating a fire alarm call point, or even yelling “Fire!” or using an air horn in a small building
- Call the fire service or make sure someone else has done so
- Evacuate the building safely using your workplace’s evacuation procedures
What to do if you hear the fire alarm?
- Stay calm
- Act immediately
- Leave the building through the nearest exit if safe to do so
- Otherwise, use an alternative exit
- If you re the last to leave the room, shut windows and doors (if time allows)
- Go to the assembly point and make sure you are accounted for by the person in charge
- Take your time to gather things or finish something before reacting to the alarm
- Wait for someone else to react first.
- Use the lift (unless it has been determined ahead of time to do so as part of a personal plan)
- Attempt to fight the fire if you are not trained to do so
- Go back into the building without being given the all-cleathat it is safe
The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order of 2005 requires employers to ensure that employees are provided with adequate emergency evacuation procedures and suitable fire safety knowledge including Fire awareness and Fire Marshal training. To conclude, fire safety training within any working environment is a legal requirement under this order.