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Active Fire Precautions (ii)

Posted: 15/10/2012 14:33

Emergency lighting allows people to escape from the premises in the event of a fire or other emergency, even if this coincides with a failure of the normal lighting system (this is not uncommon, as a large percentage of fires are caused by electrical faults).

The lighting units are designed to come on when the power fails, and to stay on for a period of between one and three hours using an internal battery or other secondary electrical supply. They often take the form of illuminated Fire Exits signs, but can also be seen as additional lighting units on the walls or ceiling of an escape route, or even fully integrated into the normal room or other lighting of a building - a certain percentage of bulbs or fluorescent tubes being provided with this backup. The red glow of a small LED light is often, though not always, an indication of emergency lighting.

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Active Fire Precautions (i)

Posted: 15/10/2012 11:07

Identify the fire alarm call points and be sure you would always go to the nearest one if you  need to raise the alarm. Your fire alarm system may also include smoke detection or - in locations susceptible to steam, cooking fumes or dust - heat detectors. In some premises fire alarm actuation triggers the closing of automatic fire doors, normally held open.

Most modern systems are controlled by a fire alarm indicator panel, which should identify the source of any alarm (or at least the zone in which it was activated) and provide the means for silencing or resetting the system. This should only be done by an authorised person, in accordance with the fire routine for your premises.

Some fire alarms are connected to a system that calls out the fire brigade automatically whenever the alarm actuates. If the alarm sounds during working hours, someone should always follow it up with an emergency call to the brigade, to confirm the presence...

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Fire Precautions in the Workplace

Posted: 15/10/2012 10:51

It is important that all staff are aware of the fire safety features protecting their workplace, and understand how these are used or what they must be allowed to do.

To understand how a building is protected, it is helpful to think in terms of the 'active' fire precautions (i.e those that actually do something, like the fire alarm system, emergency lighting system or sprinklers), the 'passive' fire precautions ( like fire resisting construction, separation and emergency exits), and the management of fire precautions (everything from the setting-up of a company fire safety policy to routine testing of the fire safety installations throughout the building).

The most important thing for staff to know and understand is their Fire Action Notice, a simplified procedure for dealing with fire and evacuation. Familiarity with this notice should form a major part of regular trainings and drills.

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