A fire safety reminder

A fire safety reminder
The fire and loss of life at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, London is a reminder to us all of the importance of fire safety. Thankfully, fires of this scale in residential buildings in this country are rare. However, the fact that they can occur reaffirms that we must not be complacent.
John Taylor, head of fire protection, said: “The fire in Grenfell Tower was a truly awful event and our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected. It will be some time until the investigation into the event is concluded and lessons can be learnt. However, in the meantime, it is a salient reminder of the need for us all to focus on fire safety. There are lots of things we can all do to protect ourselves, our colleagues, family, friends and others.”

In the workplace, make sure you are familiar with the procedures should you discover a fire, or should the alarm be sounded. This includes knowing the appropriate exit routes and when you should gather. Remember that you should leave the building immediately and follow local instructions.

Outside of the workplace, you should also always make sure you are familiar with the emergency arrangements in the building or area you are in. Take extra care when you are staying in a hotel or other unfamiliar location – and test out the exit routes and fire doors you’d be expected to use.

At home, make sure you have working smoke detection systems and that these are checked regularly. Make sure you and all your family understand how to exit the home in the event of a fire – develop a plan and test this.

A wealth of fire safety information is available. All of the information produced by the Home Office can be found here. Local guidance from Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service can be found on their respective websites.

If you have any fire safety concerns at work, please contact a member of the fire safety advisor team on x86482. Information can also be found in SLMS topic 2.16.