Fire safety in an office is crucial. Whether a large or small office building, or a large or small employee count, ensuring everyone is safe at all times when at work should be top priority. The risk of a fire in an office is large, due to electrical appliances being used by a majority of those in the building, and so precautions should be taken to ensure the safety of employees.

There is no way to completely banish electrical wires from an office; there’ll always be some, powering computers, printers, screens, fans etc. Ensuring wires are untangled and tidy makes life easier, looks neater and reduces fire risk. Tangled, hot wires can wear away the protective rubber-coating on them, so when tidied and neat, fires will be less likely to spark.

Being cautious of liquids near wires and carrying out routinely electrical safety checks is also a good move to keep everyone safe with the equipment they use every day. Using wireless devices like laptops and tablets can reduce the amount of wires and dangerous extension leads present in the office, but be sure to be cautious of them overheating by using them on hard surfaces.

Overall tidiness of the office – not just of wires – is also crucial in ensuring fire exits and escape routes are kept clear. Signs should be lit up and visible for all, with clear instruction on the direction to take in the unfortunate event of a fire.

Keeping pathways clear of clutter, rubbish and furniture, and ensuring the office is tidy with everything in its correct place is important. Ensuring flammable materials like paperwork, waste bins and those on furniture are kept tidy and away from electricals will reduce fire risk. Opting for furniture like chairs and sofas which are made of fire-resistant materials is the best route to choose, to ensure they don’t go up in flames if an electrical fault were to occur.   

It’s recommended that there should be one fire extinguisher in place for every 200 square metres in a building, or at least one on each floor. Having multi-purpose extinguishers that are suitable for a number of different fires is also a good idea, for example dry powder extinguishers are suitable for liquid, electrical and gas fires.

A detection and alarm system should also be in place, with smoke detectors or sprinklers present where needed. Regular tests and practises of the fire procedure in place should also occur so as to ensure every individual is prepared if a fire were to occur.

A lot of these tips are down to tidiness and organisation of the office and having relevant equipment in place to ensure the population of the office feels safe at work.

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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