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Free Fire Safety Checklist for Workplaces

June 2024


Protecting employees and customers from fires is a legal and moral imperative for all employers. It requires, at the very least, a basic understanding of fire safety principles and hazards. For most people, developing easy-to-follow processes and checklists will ensure that each aspect of fire safety is addressed without missing anything.

This methodical approach to fire risk management safeguards employees and assets – ensuring regulatory compliance whilst also improving efficiency.


Why is Fire Safety Important?

Quite simply, fire safety is important because there are around 20,000 fires in commercial and public buildings in Great Britain each year. Approximately 1000 people are injured, and 20 people are killed as a consequence. On top of all this, 80% of businesses that experience a major fire fail within 18 months of the incident. These astonishing stats show that businesses that do not understand how to manage fire risks will be putting their entire workforce and organisation's future at risk.


Free Step-by-Step Fire Safety Checklist for Workplaces

A checklist is a tried-and-true tool for anyone looking to cover bases in a formulaic manner. Using a checklist when reviewing your processes for fire safety and management ensures that you have given each step the necessary attention it deserves.


Conduct a Risk Assessment

As is almost always the case with anything related to Health and Safety, start with a thorough fire risk assessment. It is the foundation of any effective fire risk management strategy and will be the basis for you to take any steps following this. At this stage, you must identify any potential fire hazards, assess the level of risk, and consider the people at risk, including employees, visitors, and contractors. Regularly review and update the assessment to reflect changes in your workplace.


Establish Fire Safety Policies and Procedures

Develop clear and concise fire safety policies and procedures (these can be directly related to the risks discovered in the stage above, but we advise making them broad so they can apply to the organisation as a whole. It is crucial all employees are familiar with these documents, so we suggest implementing regular training sessions to reinforce understanding and distribute them across email and as a part of your induction process. Show employees fire exits and conduct regular drills to ensure they are dialled in as much as possible.

Fire safety policies should include:

  • Fire evacuation procedures.
  • Emergency contacts such as fire wardens.
  • Proper use of firefighting equipment such as fire extinguishers.
  • Tagging systems for faulty electrical equipment 


Employee Training

Training is quite possibly the most important element of any health and safety process. Employees cannot implement and look out for what they do not know or understand. Put together a comprehensive training program that includes a fire safety course such as Astutis’ Risk Assessment and Fire Safety Management course. In this course, employees will understand what hazards to look for as well as the risks they pose.


Fire fighting Equipment and Facilities

Maintain and regularly inspect firefighting equipment, such as fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and sprinkler systems. Ensure that these devices comply with relevant safety standards. Additionally, designate and clearly mark fire exits and assembly points to facilitate swift evacuation.


Emergency Response Plan

Develop a comprehensive emergency response plan that includes procedures for contacting emergency services and managing communication during a fire. We suggest designating and training specific individuals as emergency response coordinators or fire wardens.

The recently announced Astutis Fire Evacuation Simulator can be a valuable asset to those looking for a hands-on experience that puts learners in the driver's seat.


Fire Safety Training for Businesses and Employees

Organisations should strive for continuous improvement and development of employees' fire safety skills to honour their health and safety responsibilities and leave nothing to chance.

Our Fire Risk Assessment and Fire Safety Management course below covers:

  • The key legal requirements for fire risk assessment and fire safety management in the workplace.
  • Identifying fire hazards,
  • Carrying out fire risk assessments of a workplace.
  • The preventative and protective measures that can eliminate or reduce the risk of fire.

Effectively managing fire risk in the workplace is a shared responsibility that requires diligence, planning, and ongoing commitment. By implementing the strategies outlined in this checklist, workplaces can reduce the risk of fire-related incidents and ensure compliance with regulatory standards.



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