The Alarming Reality of Fire Safety Knowledge Among UK Tradespeople

22 August 2023

Fire safety is a critical element in every work environment. Particularly within trades such as construction, electrical work, and plumbing. With the ever-present potential risk of fire, a thorough understanding of fire safety protocols can be the difference in preventing fires from occurring.

Unfortunately, an unsettling reality concerning fire safety knowledge among UK tradespeople has surfaced. In this article, we delve into these alarming statistics, the importance of fire risk assessments, the need for better training, and how Total Fire Group can help bridge this knowledge gap.

The Alarming Statistics

A recent survey by HSE People has shed light on an alarming truth: an overwhelming 85% of tradespeople wouldn’t know what to do if they encountered a fire at work.

This high percentage of inadequate fire safety knowledge can lead to catastrophic consequences, putting not only tradespeople at risk but also the wider community. This is why it’s essential to have fire safety measures in place such as fire risk assessments…

The Significance of Fire Risk Assessments

One critical element often overlooked when it comes to fire safety is a fire risk assessment (FRA).  An FRA is a comprehensive evaluation of a workplace environment, systematically identifying potential fire hazards and pinpointing individuals at risk.

FRAs enable tradespeople to not just identify these risks but also understand the context and implications of these hazards in their daily work. From highlighting combustible materials to spotlighting potential ignition sources, FRAs provide tradespeople with detailed insight into their work environment’s unique risk factors.

The Need for Training

Training also plays a pivotal role in fire safety. It enables tradespeople to respond effectively and safely during a fire, ensuring their safety and others.

At Total Fire Group, we recognise the importance of practical training. That’s why we’ve established a partnership with a leading fire safety training provider. This strategic alliance is aimed at supporting the unique fire safety needs of your business.

The fire safety training is specifically tailored to suit your work environment, ensuring relevance and applicability. Regardless of the industry you operate in, our bespoke fire safety training solutions are designed to significantly enhance your fire safety preparedness and response.

Beyond Fire Risk Assessments

In addition to FRAs, Total Fire Group can guide tradespeople towards effective fire safety training resources. We understand the importance of fire safety training and can point tradespeople in the right direction, promoting a comprehensive approach to fire safety.

Explore training courses on offer here.

Tailored Solutions for Different Work Environments

At Total Fire Group, we recognise that each work environment carries its unique set of risks. To address these differences, we provide customised fire safety solutions tailored to each client’s specific needs.

Our expert team carries out an in-depth analysis of every environment. These tailored services go beyond mere compliance; they work towards fostering a proactive culture of safety, ensuring all specific requirements are meticulously addressed.

Get in touch with Total Fire Group

The alarming reality of fire safety knowledge among UK tradespeople underscores the urgent need for action. By providing expert assessments and directing tradespeople to appropriate training resources, Total Fire Group is committed to raising the standard of fire safety in the workplace.

Contact Total Fire Group today to make your work environment safer.


We offer our clients a complete fire safety management service, our key services include:

Fire Risk Assessments

Delivering a comprehensive and detailed report on your property.

Fire Safety Consultancy

We can provide a partnership which offers auditing and consultancy services.

Fire Risk Management Software

Manage multiple risk assessment actions with our Aurora software.

Fire Safety Training

Our fire safety training courses cover every level of fire safety, from basic through to advanced.