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We’ve answered many commonly asked fire safety questions below. If you have a question we haven’t covered, please ask Jason!

Do I need a fire risk assessment?
Can I complete my own Fire Risk Assessment?
Do I need Fire Wardens?
How many Fire Wardens do I need?
What’s the difference between a fire warden and a fire marshal?
How many fire extinguishers do I need?
What types of fire extinguisher do I need?
Must all my staff members learn to use fire extinguishers?
Can I buy fire extinguishers online?
What’s a ‘responsible person’ in fire safety terms?

Do I need a fire risk assessment?

Yes. You must carry out a fire risk assessment of your property and review it regularly. If you have more than 5 employees, you must have a written record of the assessment. You must follow the recommendations in your assessment to put in place and maintain fire safety measures.
Find out more about our fire risk assessments.

Can I complete my own Fire Risk Assessment?

Fire safety can be a complex area, so we would never recommend you prepare your own fire risk assessment without training. The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order states that the Responsible Person must appoint a ‘competent person’ to undertake the fire risk assessment for the organisation. Competence in fire safety goes well beyond common sense, and a trained assessor will spot hazards the untrained eye would never see. If a fire was to break out and you were found to have been negligent, you could face a large fine or even imprisonment. Appointing a trained and experienced fire risk assessor gives you the peace of mind that your people and premises are safe.

Find out more about our fire risk assessments.

Do I need Fire Wardens?

Yes. Fire safety law is clear that Fire Wardens are an integral part of keeping your business safe. Fire Wardens have responsibility for preventing and containing fires, and for evacuating other people from the building in the event of a fire.

See our Fire Warden training outline.

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How many Fire Wardens do I need?

The number of Fire Wardens you need depends on how many staff you have, the size of your premises and nature of your business. The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 recommends 1 Fire Warden for every 10 to 15 people, but remember you will need cover for staff absences.

What’s the difference between a fire warden and a fire marshal?

Somewhat unhelpfully, the names are sometimes taken to mean the same thing, and sometimes to mean different things. Here at Benfield Fire, we do make a distinction between the Fire Warden and Fire Marshal roles. Fire Marshals have responsibility for containing fires, and for evacuating other people from the building in the event of a fire. Fire Wardens have these duties plus additional responsibility for routine fire prevention work.

See our Fire Warden training and Fire Marshal training outlines.

How many fire extinguishers do I need?

The number of fire extinguishers you need depends on the size of your building, and the risks you face. This will be quantified in your Fire Risk Assessment, which you must have by law. The type of fire extinguishers you need should be assessed by a qualified BAFE engineer who will look at things like the travel distance to the nearest fire extinguisher, and the fire loading materials present.

We supply, commission and maintain fire extinguishers at reasonable rates. Contact us to find out more.

What types of fire extinguisher do I need?

As with how many you need, the types of fire extinguisher you need will depend on the nature of your business. You may need more than one type. This should be determined by a suitably qualified person. Contact us to find out more.

Must all my staff members learn to use fire extinguishers?

The legal answer to this question is that employees must have fire extinguisher training IF you expect them to use fire extinguishers. What does this mean? You MUST train your Fire Wardens or Fire Marshals to use fire extinguishers. Everyone else needs fire awareness training and must take part in at least one fire drill per year. However, we think everyone should know how to use a fire extinguisher. It could save lives, jobs, properties, a lot of upset and money! That’s why we include hands-on fire extinguisher training in all of our practical courses, including Fire Awareness, Fire Warden and Fire Marshal training.

Can I buy fire extinguishers online?

Fire extinguishers on business premises have to be ‘commissioned,’ so even though you can buy them online, you will still need a competent person to check that they are in good working order and issue you with a commissioning certificate. This reassures you that they are safe to use and gives you a record. Fire extinguishers can’t be commissioned before they are sent to you because they might become altered or damaged in transit. All fire extinguishers also need an annual inspection by a competent person to ensure their integrity has not been compromised.

We supply, commission and maintain fire extinguishers at reasonable rates. Contact us to find out more.

What’s a ‘responsible person’ in fire safety terms?

A ‘responsible person’ is someone overseeing the fire safety of an organisation and ensuring the business complies with fire safety law. This might be the business owner, employer, landlord, or someone appointed by them. In larger businesses, this role is usually given to facilities or building managers, who take on all aspects of health and safety. In smaller businesses, it could be given to a general manager or member of staff who has unrelated responsibilities. Appointing a ‘responsible person’ does not absolve a business owner of responsibility for fire safety.

Learn more in our Responsible Person training course outline.

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