‘Time to check fire safety rules’

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BUSINESSES are being urged to take the time to make sure they are fulfilling fire safety obligations before the Christmas rush.

St John Ambulance in the east of England, which includes Dacorum, says between April 2010 and March 2011 fire and rescue services attended 499,000 fires and false alarms in buildings including workplaces.

Sue Skoyles, regional training manager for St John Ambulance in the east, said: ‘With bonfire night and Christmas festivities approaching, fire accidents may be more likely to occur due to extra lights and decorations in the workplace.

“Now is an ideal time to ensure your company has its fire safety covered. St John Ambulance offers specialist fire marshal training at business premises, as well as a new online fire marshal calculator to help employers determine the number of fire marshals required.”

It is a legal requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 to nominate an appropriate number of fire marshals to assist in implementing emergency procedures. Appointing fire marshals ensures the business is legally covered.

Sue Skoyles added: “St John Ambulance advises that you carry out a risk assessment based on your business needs, which covers things such as the number of fire marshals required, first aider annual leave, the common injuries that happen in your workplace and shift work. The Health and Safety Executive requires that once you’ve identified your first aid needs you must maintain it, so it’s vital that businesses keep this in mind.”

> For details on fire marshal training or to find out more about first aid and health and safety call 0844 324 5535 or visit www.sja.org.uk