Top Fire Safety Tips for Corporate Events
Organising a corporate event requires careful planning and attention to detail, and one crucial aspect that should never be overlooked is fire safety. Whether it’s a conference, workshop, social gathering or team-building activity, ensuring the safety of everyone in attendance should be a top priority. By implementing proper fire safety measures, you can protect your employees, clients, and the venue itself.
In this article, we will explore the top fire safety tips for corporate events so you can make sure you’ve covered all bases.
Ensure compliance with fire safety regulations
Verify that fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and sprinkler systems, are in correct working order before the event. Coordinate with the venue to ensure compliance with fire safety regulations. Consult the venue’s fire risk assessment, keep emergency contact information readily available, and discuss any additional measures that need to be taken for your specific event. At this point, you should also find out the capacity of the venue as the number of people should not be exceeded for fire safety purposes.
Create a fire action plan
With the help of a fire safety professional, create a fire action plan that outlines the necessary steps to be taken in the event of a fire. This plan should include clear instructions on how to evacuate the premises, assign assembly points and communicate with emergency services.
Appoint fire wardens and attendants
Attendees should be made aware of who the fire wardens are ahead of the event so they know who to turn to in case of an emergency. These wardens must be fully trained in fire safety procedures and should be capable of handling equipment such as fire extinguishers. They must also familiarise themselves with the fire action plan in place.
Ensure clear access to emergency exits
Maintain clear access to emergency exits at all times. Ensure that exits are clearly marked with illuminated signs and are free from any obstructions. Designated fire wardens and attendees should know the location of the emergency exits in case of an evacuation.
Control electrical hazards
Electrical equipment is often a common cause of fires, so communicate with the venue to make sure everything has been PAT tested and properly maintained. Avoid overloading sockets, and encourage attendees and staff to report any electrical issues immediately.
Consider fire-resistant decorations
When decorating the event space, opt for fire-resistant materials wherever possible. Avoid using highly flammable decorations, such as paper streamers, particularly near open flames like candles. With this in mind, make sure any designated smoking areas are a sufficient distance from the venue, marquee or any discarded rubbish. If you are holding your corporate event in a marquee, you should check the labels and manufacturer information to make sure it complies with British Standards.
By following these top fire safety tips for corporate events, you can minimise the risk of fire hazards and ensure the safety of all participants. For commercial fire safety services and equipment throughout London, Birmingham and across the UK, call the experienced team at City Fire today.