Fire extinguishers in the workplace
Fire extinguishers in the workplace – How many do you need and also where should you put them?
Many small workplaces are unsure of how many fire extinguishers are needed in there place of work.
Fire extinguishers in the workplace – How many?
A quick guide would be that one general purpose fire extinguisher is needed for each 200 sq metres of floor space. At least two general purpose fire extinguishers will be needed on each floor, unless the space is less than 100 sq metres.
By measuring each floor, the total floor space can be calculated. Therefore, if a floor measures 700 sq metres, the floor would require four general purpose fire extinguishers.
In addition, to general purpose fire extinguishers, it is quite common to add a carbon dioxide extinguisher at the same fire point. This is done because of the amount of electrical equipment in most premises.
6 litre and 3 litre fire extinguishers are the best type as they can carried easily by staff.
Fire extinguishers in the workplace – Where should they be put?
Fire extinguishers should be placed near specific risks. They may also be placed on exit routes or by final exits. Persons should not to have to walk more than 30 metres to a fire extinguisher.
Fire extinguishers in the workplace – Who needs training?
Fire law is clear on extinguisher training requirements. All staff should know the content of their fire emergency plan. This includes what fire extinguishers are in the building. Therefore all staff should have fire extinguisher training. This will be done on induction and at regular intervals.