The basics of fire safety in the workplace

The basics of fire safety in the workplace


A business is responsible for fire safety within its premises; the person in charge could be the boss, the landlord, an occupier, or any combination of roles and it is vital that these people work together in the event of a fire.

There are simple steps that everyone should be aware of in order to minimise the risk of a fire in the workplace, such as:


  • Keeping the working area free of waste paper, or items that will catch fire quickly
  • Check for any damaged electrical equipment, and report anything broken immediately
  • Don’t overload electrical circuits
  • Turn off electrical appliances when not in use so that they do not overheat
  • Ensure that any equipment that produces heat is away from anything that might burn


While it may be tempting to take on a fire yourself, especially if it’s small, the most important factor to keep in mind is to alert everyone to the incident, leave the building and call 999. It may sound severe, but office equipment is replaceable and lives are not.


As part of the health and safety regulation (Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005), businesses must have the following:


  • A fire risk assessment, carried out by a competent person and reviewed at least once a year.
  • Proof that the building is fit for purpose
  • If a fire alarm system is installed it should be regularly serviced by a competent person and ideally have a service contract in place to ensure any repairs are carried out in a timely manner.
  • Any other relevant precautionary measures including regular service of fire safety equipment like extinguishers, fire doors, fixed wiring, PAT testing, etc.


It is often the case that a business will have a designated person(s) to act as a fire warden, even though they may have received training on what to do in a fire, their priority should be to get all bodies out of the building and call the emergency services.


Drewlec Ltd has the expertise to design, install and commission a new fire alarm system and associated emergency lighting for your building. We use a wide variety of manufacturers and can tailor a solution to your particular needs and budget. We can also undertake fire risk assessments. For more information, simply email us or call 01202 575757.