Understanding the concept of a Fire Hazard

In order to be able to remove or prevent fire hazards, you must first be able identify a possible fire hazard. As of 1st October 2006, all non-domestic properties are required to carry out a risk assessment to ensure that fire safety measures are in place.

The concept of a fire hazard is two-fold. Firstly, the possibility of a fire occurring needs to be analysed and, secondly, the consequences of such a fire need to be understood. For example, in a factory, where there is lots of powerful machinery, there is a risk of high heat and sparks. However, if the factory floor is kept tidy, without any materials or substances that could act as a fuel to a fire, then the risk of a fire is normal or relatively low.

For premises which deal with flammable materials and substances, measures need to be implemented to ensure that the risk of fire is kept as low as possible. For example, ensuring that all waste is disposed of correctly and no naked flames are left unattended.

It is important to make sure that all workplaces comply with fire safety regulations to keep the risk of fire to a minimum.

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