What You Can do to Prevent a Fire
So what else can take effect on how a fire can be caused and even act? The weather and the terrain in the area actually plays quite a large part in this. As we all know water can greatly reduce fire, but how does rainfall fair against the flames? This actually depends on the type of fuel as well as the level of rainfall obviously. Finer fuels have the ability to absorb moisture considerably quicker than the coarser fuels available.
As for how wind affects a fire? This fate is determined by where the fire is spread and the power of the wind. As wind is more or less giant pockets of impacting air it impacts the oxygen supply to the fire greatly. However, with this impact it directs the flame into the direction it is heading towards so that those areas of the fuel receive further ignition. That being said too much wind impacting a smaller fuel size can dry out the fuel and can actually prevent ignition.
So how can we prevent fires or stop them when they occur? We all know the general idea smoke detectors/alarms, extinguishers, fire exits, etc. But what else can be done beyond the average?
Fire Safety Risk Assessments – Employers must complete fire safety risk assessments, whether they are incorporated into general health and safety or assessed separately. These risk assessments must also be updated regularly so employees are in the know. The ideal place to check for health and safety is HawkSafe. They offer a variety of services including: Health & safety policies, workplace risk assessments, employee risk assessments and fire safety. However, these are only a selected amount of services they offer much more.
Separating Ignition Sources and Fuels –This should go without saying as well as play a part in the risk assessment, but nonetheless it must be mentioned. Keep the sources apart from each other by quite a margin of distance to reduce the risk of engulfment.Fire Blankets: These may be designed to put out fires that are at their origin as opposed to being in full flame, but nonetheless fire blankets are useful when extinguishing smaller flames and are more commonly found in a household rather than a business. Regardless, this could increase fire safety in the workplace and lower accountability.
Trained Employees – All employees should be trained on what they need to follow in the cases of risks such as fire. This includes listening out for the fire drill and knowing the assembly area is in case of this.A business’ approach to refurbishing existing or new premises must also address Fire H & S regulations and this is referred to in our recent article which also incorporates the new CDM regulations of 2015 which states works must ensure workers and employers are safe.
Businesses must ensure safety to those that they employ and to clients visiting their premises.