If you are working in a customer’s home or on a construction site, fire safety should be a serious concern. A few precautions before, during and after the job are all that is needed to ensure your work isn’t destroyed, and keep you, co-workers and clients, safe from the risk of fire. Read our fire safety tips for tradesmen article for more information.
Fire Safety Tips for Tradesmen
If you work from business premises and work with others or have visits from customers, you need to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. To do so, you must carry out a fire risk assessment, noting the potential hazards and people at risk, and take action to reduce risk as much as you practically can. However, if you work on the move with a van as your office, there are other safety measures to take.
Fire Safety Tips for Tradesmen – Install a Vehicle Fire Extinguisher
No laws require you to have a fire extinguisher on your van unless you carry hazardous materials. It is still a really good idea to carry a small 1kg or 2kg Powder Fire Extinguisher. Stray sparks or hot tools can easily cause a fire – in the last two years there were 23,500 vehicle fires in England, with around half being accidental. Losing a van full of tools and materials to fire could devastate your business.
Fire Safety Tips for Tradesmen – Maintain Equipment
All good tradesmen know that when they look after their tools, they last longer. Electrical appliances are prone to causing fires if they go wrong so maintain them to the manufacturer’s guidelines and consider having your electrical tools annually PAT tested.
Fire Safety Tips for Tradesmen – Fire Action Plan
When working on a site, you should be made aware of the health and safety procedures before you start. If you’re not told, you should make an effort to find out the fire evacuation plan and how to get to safety. There are often limitations on the type of activities that may be carried out, plus rules on smoking to abide by.
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