When you open a business, there are many responsibilities that come with it. Buying stock, managing and hiring staff, health and safety and numerous other jobs. In all the work and confusion, it is very easy to miss a few things, and while that is understandable, one of your priorities needs to follow fire safety regulations of your local State
Setting aside rules and regulations for a second, Just imagine how you would feel if something was to go wrong at your business premises and fire was to break out. The guilt and emotion you would feel if you had not complied with the various regulations, should someone get hurt, or worse would haunt you for the rest of your life. This alone should be enough to ensure you follow the various rules, but there are also strict penalties in place for those that choose to ignore them.
Each state has different Fire Safety Regulations in place, so it is essential as a business owner that you are aware of and understand the specific laws that relate to your state. Ignorance of the law is not a defense, and the responsibility is fully on your shoulders to ensure full compliance.
You have a responsibility to have certain health and safety equipment on your premises, such as fire extinguishers. These need to be of a certain type and need to be serviced and maintained to a certain schedule. It is important that you designate responsibility to a member of staff to ensure compliance as this is certainly one of those things that can easily slip by unnoticed. Another essential check is that your fire alarms are running properly and that the batteries are changed annually, or at least as often as the manufacturer recommends.
Planning and Organisation – Command Structure
Should the worst happen and a fire was to break out,,, you need to have set appropriate procedures in place. Every member of staff should be fully versed in what to do, and someone should have a dedicated role as fire warden, etc. When a fire inspection takes place, … Read more here..