24 Feb Fire safety in shops, 6 steps that you should take Today
Retail is a fast-paced industry where store employees and management must cope with a steady influx of customers while managing rosters, inventory, and stocktake.
Retailers, on the other hand, have a responsibility to safeguard their employees and customers, thus health and safety, which includes adequate fire protection systems and procedures, is critical for effective fire safety in shops..
Fire dangers in retail locations vary, but there is a greater chance of fire spreading quickly when there is a high amount of products, big stock numbers kept in confined back rooms, and combustible materials such as corflute signs and plastic fittings.
A fire may be catastrophic to a company, hurting sales objectives and retail operations long time after the original emergency has passed, especially if store equipment, furnishings and stock have been destroyed. Even a minor fire may cause prolonged downtime for businesses of all sizes whilst the repairs are made and the insurance claims are being processed.
While there are numerous benefits to renting space in a shopping center, the danger of fire increases in bigger complexes where electricity use, retail food outlets with ovens, cleaning chemicals, hotplates, and deep fryers may all cause fires. In all shopping centres, it’s critical for businesses to understand that fire safety equipment within the premises is often their responsibility, whilst fire safety systems outside the premises are typically controlled by the shopping center’s facilities management.
Fire safety responsibilities for standalone storefronts and high street shops may differ. Each environment should have its own fire plan, taking into consideration the site’s fire exits and fire protection equipment, which should be maintained and serviced on a regular basis. Fire hazards should be addressed by retail management. My Fire Safety recommends the following procedures to help businesses reduce the risk of in-store harm or business disruption due to fire:
1. Perform a fire safety inspection. Regularly examine the store’s fire hazards and emergency response strategy, as well as the functioning of exit lights, emergency power supply, evacuation pathways, evacuation plans, and sprinkler head clearance, is a recommended practice.
2. Keep informed on important fire safety regulations and laws, and create an adequate fire prevention strategy in line with UK fire standards. To remain in compliance, remember that retail chains with several locations must grasp the fire safety standards for each location.
3. Install fire-fighting equipment that is suitable for the location of the business. This includes basic fire extinguishers, fire hose reels, fire doors, and more advanced fire detection and suppression equipment.
4. Maintenance and service must be carried out regularly. Ensure that fire suppression systems and equipment are serviced and maintained according to the specifications for which they were manufactured and installed. The FIA recommends that fire suppression systems are inspected on a regular basis.
5. Use appropriate signage to identify hazards, firefighting equipment, and emergency exits. This is crucial for the safety of both store staff and customers.
6. Prepare teams to react to a fire in an appropriate manner. This is a wise investment since employees who are comfortable dealing with emergencies may significantly minimize the severity of a disaster.
My Fire Safety can assist you in identifying potential hazards and implementing the best fire safety solutions. Contact our experts on 0800 999 11 25 for more information.