New Year Fire Safety Checklist

2 January 2024

As we begin a new year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the challenges and achievements of the past year. For businesses, this also means taking stock of your fire safety measures to ensure a smooth and secure transition into the new year. Our fire safety consultancy firm is here to guide you through a fire safety checklist for the end of the year, ensuring that your premises remain safe for everyone.

Review & Update Your Emergency Evacuation Plans

One of the most vital elements of keeping people safe in your properties is a robust evacuation and fire safety plan. The new year poses a chance for your team to look over your plans and evaluate whether they include every type of building user, including vulnerable people and those with disabilities.

A review of your fire safety plans might include the following. However, it is important to tailor your actions to your situation.

  • Meticulous examination of floor plans
  • Ensure clear and well-marked escape routes
  • Communicate modifications to all building rules

Inspect Fire Safety Equipment

Physical fire protection and prevention are vital, so it’s important to ensure your first line of defence is robust. Regularly check fire extinguishers for proper pressure and expiry dates. Test smoke detectors and replace batteries as required. Confirm the optimal functioning of fire alarms and sprinkler systems to guarantee a swift response in an emergency.

Prioritise Communication

Working in fire risk management means that communication is vital. However, the end of the year creates a great opportunity for you to reiterate roles and streamline your communication channels. 

Inspect Electrical Equipment and Flammable Materials

Faulty wiring or poor storage of flammable materials can have disastrous consequences for your fire safety. That’s why it is important to regularly check – more frequently than the legal standards – these vital things. Communication also intertwines with this step. Team members should be trained in the proper handling of materials, and contractors may be needed to evaluate electrical equipment. 

This checklist may seem like a daunting task. However, this is where the power of fire safety consultancy can be leveraged. With services like inspections for fire doors and extinguishers and fire safety training, Total Fire Group can ease the load of new year fire precautions. To get started, contact our team to learn more. 


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Fire Risk Assessments

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Fire Risk Management Software

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Fire Safety Training

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