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Fire Safety Regulations Guide
Who Should Read This Guide?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order October 2005
Who Enforces the Fire Safety Order?
Managing Fire Safety
What is a Fire Risk Assessment?
How Do You Carry Out a Fire Risk Assessment?
Step 1. Identifying Fire Hazards
Identify Sources of Ignition
Identify Sources of Fuel
Identify Sources of Oxygen
Step 2. Identify People at Risk
Step 3. Evaluate, Remove, Reduce and Protect from Risk
Evaluate the Risk of a Fire Occurring
Evaluate the Risk to People from Fire
Remove or Reduce Fire Hazards
Remove or Reduce the Risks to People
Fire-detection and Warning Systems
Firefighting Equipment and Facilities
Escape Routes
Emergency Escape Lighting
Signs and Notices
Installation, Testing and Maintenance
Step 4. Record, Plan, Inform, Instruct and Train
Record the Significant Findings and Action Taken
Emergency Plans
Inform, Instruct, Co-operate and Co-ordinate
Fire Safety Training
Step 5. Keep Assessment Under Review

Fire Safety Regulations Guide

Identify Sources of Ignition

You can identify the potential ignition sources in your premises by looking for possible sources of heat which could get hot enough to ignite material found in your premises. These sources could include:

  • smokers' material, e.g. cigarettes, matches and lighters;
  • naked flames, e.g. gas or liquid-fuelled open-flame equipment;
  • sparks from burning products, e.g. bonfires in yards;
  • vehicle exhausts;
  • electrical, gas or oil-fired heaters (fixed or portable), room heaters;
  • hot processes/hot work, e.g. welding by contractors or shrink wrapping;
  • cooking equipment, hot ducting, flues and filters;
  • extract fans for dust and fume removal systems, e.g. by build-up of debris;
  • failure of temperature control thermostats on hot work/cooking processes;
  • heat sources, such as gas, electric, microwaves, radio frequency, thermal fluids;
  • steam pipes;
  • frictional generated heat from mechanical equipment;
  • static charge from mechanical equipment, e.g. conveyor belts;
  • poor electrical installations, e.g. overloads, heating from bunched cables, damaged cable;
  • faulty or misused electrical equipment, e.g. refrigeration defrost systems, fork lift truck charging units;
  • light fittings and lighting equipment, e.g. halogen lamps or display lighting or overhead lights too close to stored products;
  • hot surfaces and obstruction of equipment ventilation;
  • spontaneous ignition and self heating, e.g. oil soaked rags, paint scrapings, crumb and batter residue; and
  • arson.

Indications of 'near-misses', such as scorch marks on furniture or fittings, discoloured or charred electrical plugs and sockets, cigarette burns, etc., can help you identify hazards which you may not otherwise notice.

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