Fire Policy

POLICY ON FIRE PRECAUTIONS

RISK ASSESSMENT

The health and safety at work Regulations 1992 requires us to:

• Carry out a risk assessment of our working environment taking into consideration all employees and service users who may be affected by a fire in the work place
• Identify the significant findings of the risk
• Provide and maintain such fire precautions as are necessary
• Record such findings and any necessary precautions

ESSENTIAL HOMECARE SERVICES RESPONSIBILITIES

• A fire risk assessment has been carried out with in their areas of responsibility (Health and safety work environment assessment form kept in service user’s folder and on file.)
• Staff are aware of fire instruction (Induction Training)
• Observe basic fire precautions. Close doors, close windows, switch off and unplug sockets, turn off and unplug any appliances
• Ensure staff are aware they have responsibility in respect of fire safety
• Smoke alarms are tested once a week

MEANS OF ESCAPE

• All occupants should be able to turn their backs on a fire and travel away from it directly
• As far a practicable there should be an alternative means of escape should the normally accepted route becomes blocked
• The most satisfactory evacuation procedure is horizontal evacuation, using rugs, slide sheet, towels, sheets and draw sheets

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