Fire Safety Inspection

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Fire Safety Inspection

PREVENTION

1. Are all flammable fuels, gases and chemicals stored correctly?


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2. Are oxygen cylinders and oxidising substances stored appropriately to minimise fire risk?


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3. Are all materials stored correctly and separately?


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4. Are sources of ignition effectively controlled?


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5. Have suitable measures been taken to reduce the risk of arson, including avoiding the storage of combustible materials close to buildings?


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6. If hot work takes place are fire risks adequately controlled?


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7. Are combustible materials like paper, dry waste, etc. kept to a minimum and properly stored?


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8. Are electrical sockets being used safely and not overloaded?


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9. Are portable electrical appliances subjected to PAT testing?


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10. Has the fixed electrical wiring been subject to a test and inspection within the last five years (Inspections should be carried out more frequently for higher risk premises)?


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11. Is the use of portable heaters appropriately controlled?


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12. Are appropriate signs displayed where needed to highlight fire hazards, i.e. smoking rules, gas storage, flammables?


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13. Are smoking rules adhered to?


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14. Are all rubbish bins emptied regularly?


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15. If paper is recycled, are storage vestibules emptied regularly?


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16. Are combustible and flammable materials kept away from ignition sources?


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17. Are high housekeeping standards maintained?


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18. If there is a risk of an explosive or flammable atmosphere developing, are the risks assessed and properly controlled?


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19. Is heating and cooking equipment subject to regular servicing, maintenance and cleaning, as appropriate?


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CONTROL AND CONTAINMENT

1. Are all fire extinguishers in their designated places, readily accessible and in good condition, including fire blankets and hose reels where applicable?


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2. Have fire extinguishers been serviced within the last twelve months?


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3. Are all fire doors and doorframes free from damage?


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4. Do fire doors close properly under their own weight, where fitted with closing devices?


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5. Are all fire doors either kept shut or held open on a device which releases automatically in the event of a fire alarm?


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6. Are fire doors signed correctly on both sides (except for cupboard doors which are to be signed on the front only)?


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7. Are there any breaches of floors or compartments filled with fire resistant materials e.g., holes made for pipes and cables?


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8. If there is a fire sprinkler system, is it subject to a weekly pressure/bell test and routine servicing?


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9. Are there service and testing arrangements for fire-fighting lifts and lightning protection?


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MEANS OF ESCAPE

1. Are escape routes kept clear?


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2. Can all fire exits be opened immediately and easily?


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3. Are all fire exits clearly identifiable?


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4. Are directional signs in place to direct occupants to the fire exits?


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5. Are metal fire escapes in good condition?


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6. Is there an effective means of raising the alarm which can be heard throughout the building(s)?


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7. Is the fire alarm system routinely serviced and tested weekly?


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8. Is the fire alarm panel showing that the system is fully functional?


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9. Is there a zone plan adjacent to the alarm panel?


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10. Is there sufficient emergency lighting covering internal and external escape routes?


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11. Is emergency lighting subject to monthly activation testing and annual discharge testing?


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12. Is there a designated fire assembly point?


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PROCEDURES, INFORMATION AND TRAINING

1. Is the fire risk assessment up to date?


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2. Are there written fire arrangements for the premises designating responsibilities for fire safety and outlining emergency procedures?


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3. Are all staff named in the procedures still fulfilling these roles?


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4. Have staff with specific responsibilities under the procedures, been trained in their role, e.g., fire marshals, fire safety officers, etc.?


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5. Has a manager been given overall responsibility for fire safety for the premises and are they named within the written fire arrangements?


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6. Do all staff know what the fire alarm sounds like?


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7. Have all tests identified as necessary in the fire risk assessment been completed and recorded?


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8. Are fire drills being undertaken at the frequency identified in your risk assessment (usually six monthly, but more frequently for higher risk premises)?


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9. Are there records of fire drills and have improvements been made if deficiencies were identified?


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10. Are false alarms investigated and action taken as necessary to prevent further occurrences?


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11. Are all Fire Action notices clearly displayed and completed properly?


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12. Have all staff been trained in what to do in the event of a fire or on hearing the fire alarm?


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13. Are new joiners instructed in the fire safety procedures on day one?


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14. Have sufficient numbers of staff, including fire marshals, been trained in the practical use of fire extinguishers?


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15. Are there arrangements to call the fire brigade to suspicions of fire?


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16. Are visitors made aware of emergency arrangements or otherwise kept under supervision at all times?


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17. Are there suitable arrangements for checking that the premises have been evacuated in case of any emergency?


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18. Have staff who need a personal emergency evacuation plan (PEEP) assisted in developing one and is it up-to-date?


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19. If any staff require a PEEP, are others trained in how to implement it?


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20. If there is a need for special evacuation arrangements for groups of visitors with disabilities, have these practices been put in place?


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21. Are there routine fire safety inspections?


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