What should a Fire Marshal do?

Ensuring that your place of work, rental property and home are fully compliant in terms of fire safety regulations should be one of your top priorities. Fire’s spread incredibly quickly and can occur for a variety of reasons, your job is to make sure that you do everything you can to reduce the risks and prepare yourself in case the worst should happen. One of the best ways to do this is to have a Gloucestershire Fire Risk Assessment completed by a company like Keloscape who are consultants in all things fire safety related. This ensure that are no areas that you have missed or any new legislations that you are unaware of.

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Fire Marshals in your business are a way that you can make sure that you are completely certain daily tasks to help prevent any fires from occurring and they also perform certain tasks should an emergency situation take place. The person that takes on this role should be given time in their working day to complete any tasks needed and should also  be given any necessary clothing, equipment and training.

The day to day duties that should be performed by the fire marshal can include:

  • Keeping all fire exits free from any furniture and clutter on both the inside and outside of the building as well as ensuring that they are marked clearly. Internal fire doors should also be checked on a weekly basis to make sure that any mechanical functions are working. Emergency lighting should be checked at the same time as all the fire doors and exits.
  • Making sure that all fire extinguishers are located in their correct places, have had their regular service which was signed for.
  • Liaising with the person responsible for the cleaning of the building to ensure that no paper bins are allowed to overflow and that no locations that have a source of heat or ignition are used to house combustible or flammable materials.
  • Ensuring that all break glass points are clearly visible and that they are regularly tested as well as the appropriate signage placed next to them.
  • Arranging for the regular pat testing of all electric equipment within the building, including any items that staff members may take away for use form home such as laptops.
  • Check and work alongside the fire risk assessment and ensure that all compliance documents and paperwork are regularly and clearly completed.

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The actual duties will depend on the requirement of your business including its size, the sector that you operate in, and the type of building and its contents.

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