Managing Fire Safety

Scroll through for highlights from the ACS Assured Advice guide for Managing Fire Safety - the full document can be downloaded through the link on the left. Fire Extinguishers: You should have the correct types, size and rating of fire extinguisher, in the right location in your store. Escape Routes: A key part of your risk assessment will be how you expect staff and customers to escape from the store if a fire breaks out. Information Signs: General Information signs must be displayed. Fire Exit Signs: If doors are to be used as fire exits, green signs should be placed above them to inform staff and customers in the event of an emergency. Manual Call Points: If you have a manual call point, these should ideally be as close as possible to the final exits of your premises. Door Closers: Door Closers assist doors to close and fire doors should have these fitted. Door Handles: Door Handles for fire doors must work with a single action (for example, a push pad). Fire Risk Assessment: A Fire Risk Assessment should be completed for each property you are responsible for. Staff Training: It is vitally important that all of your staff are trained on fire safety procedures.
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Scroll through for highlights from the ACS Assured Advice guide for Managing Fire Safety - the full document can be downloaded through the link on the left.

Fire safety law is regularly spoken about and often misunderstood. This guide provides an overview of what is required of you as a business owner in terms of managing fire safety risks faced by your employees and customers.

Managing Fire Safety Guide (Updated December 2016)

Your obligations to your staff and customers with regard to fire safety are contained in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The most important thing to know about fire safety legislation is that everyone is responsible for ensuring the safety of others, but the overall responsibility lies with the nominated Responsible Person.

You are required by law, to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment; for your premises. If you are required to carry out a written Fire Risk Assessment, the conditions for which, are given on page 9 of this booklet – the ACS template is available below.

Supporting materials for this advice guide are available for ACS members. For more information about these materials, please email Leah Myers at leah.myers@acs.org.uk

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