Fire safety is vital for all sectors of industry, but it is arguably most important in the hospitality industries. From restaurants and bars to hotels and B&Bs, fire safety is crucial to protect not only the employees but the customers and visitors which are using your services.
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, it is a legal requirement to assess fire risks and take appropriate action to prevent any incidents from occurring. To make sure you are following this requirement, here are the top 10 fire safety tips for hospitality.
- Conduct yearly risk assessments
Fire risk assessments should be undertaken annually, and properly documented for your files. However, if there are any material changes in the building, you must do another risk assessment. You need to consider any and all fire hazards and who might be at risk.
- Provide regular fire safety training
It is a legal requirement to provide fire safety training for all your staff.
- Appoint fire wardens
A fire warden is a designated member of staff which makes sure that all fire safety checks and requirements are carried out. Depending on the findings of your risk assessment, whether there is low, medium, or high risk, the number of wardens needed in the building might vary.
- Conduct fire drills
It is another legal requirement of yours to conduct fire drills. These should be undertaken at least twice a year.
- Have clear escape routes
Escape routes must be clear in three senses of the word. Escape routes must be clearly marked indicated to all persons. In case of an emergency, escape routes must be clearly visible and illuminated. And thirdly, escape routes must be kept clear of furniture and other objects.
- Install reliable fire detection and alarm systems
The fire detection and alarm systems must be reliable, and able to alert all patrons, even those with hearing impairments. Make sure to choose recommended and reliable fire alarm installers in Newcastle whom you know will install your system with attention to detail.
- Check your fire safety equipment regularly
All your fire safety equipment should be checked frequently and repaired and maintained where necessary. This includes all fire extinguishers, emergency lighting, fire alarms, kitchen suppression and sprinkler systems.
- Make sure fire doors are clear
Fire door should never be blocked in any way, at any time, no matter the circumstances.
- Have clear emergency procedures
Your business should have a clear process and set of procedures in case of a fire. These processes should be reviewed regularly to make sure that they are always up to date.
- Emergency procedures should be communicated to everyone
And finally, your emergency procedures should be clearly and effectively communicated to all necessary person. This means all staff, visitors, customers, contractors, overnight guests and so on. This might include verbally explaining the locations of all call points are. Signs and instructions can also be placed in easily viewed locations such as the back of hotel doors and in reception.