Keep in Mind that Fire Safety is a Part of Your Project

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For most projects, fire safety matters! Therefore, risk management should include being fully aware of how to create and maintain a fire-safe environment along with managing other risks associated to your project.

For project managers involved in projects where fire safety plays a crucial role in the planning stages, they should encourage improvements and creative thinking. This article highlights some suggestions and ideas for making sure that any of your upcoming project is as efficient as possible in regards to fire safety.

Assess, Assess and Then Assess Some More

First and foremost, you need to carry out a thorough assessment of the building or property. Some business owners will be able to do so by following the correct guidelines online, and being able to establish the minimum requirements that are necessary.

Those who’re unable to carry out a risk assessment on their own will want to seek the help of a fire safety consultant. They’ll guide you through each step of the risk assessment process, showing you how to apply each aspect of fire safety to your specific situation.

You can also call in health and safety experts for a broader, more generalized assessment, which will be extremely beneficial when the time comes to evaluate your project’s overall health and safety compliance.

Once yourself or your fire consultant has concluded the fire risk assessment, you’ll have a better idea of any safety precautions that need to be added and any potential hazards that should be removed. When and only when the risk assessment has been carried out and concluded are you ready to begin the improvements.

Embrace New Technology

With such a wealth of modern technology at your disposal, it would be foolish not to embrace it in any aspect of your work where you’re likely to benefit. This is where you and your team can keep ideas flowing and come up with some efficient and innovative ways of keeping your project safe.

With that being said, business owners are not obligated to use the latest technology. And for some, it may seem like an unnecessary expenditure. But the benefit of using the most advanced tech to maintain safety goes above and beyond a price tag.
When it comes to fire prevention, the benefits of modern technology can provide a sense of security and peace of mind for business owners. Installing fire suppression equipment for detection, and alarms that automatically contact the emergency services are more important now than ever, as many companies these days will have equipment running overnight. In this case, preaction sprinkler systems will go into effect when they detect smoke or an irregular level of heat.

Although fire prevention technology does improve overall fire safety, the use of fire safety equipment provides its own benefits. An example being for companies that have expensive equipment or irreplaceable data on-site, the use of modern tech will extinguish a fire in a quicker and more efficient manner.

Improve Your Safety Knowledge

As a project manager, or being part of a project management team, it’s a huge benefit to get some insight and knowledge from other professionals. And being that the subject matter is safety, some extra knowledge is paramount.

A fire consultant is an invaluable resource in this situation: they can advise you on fire safety aspects that relate to your current project. And can also provide knowledge to apply to future projects.

Safety First!

In any situation where you find yourself working with an idea that includes aspects of fire safety, the key is to try and learn as much as possible about the topic at hand and to make improvements wherever necessary. A building or site full of employees can never be “too safe”, so there’s always room for improvement.

Ray Howlett

Ray Howlett

Ray Howlett is Director of Howlett Health & Safety Services. He has over 25 years of experience in the Health & Safety, Occupational Health, Occupational Hygiene and Environmental Management industries. Ray offers health & safety advice and training, audits, risk assessment guidance and support to small businesses.

1 Response

  1. Maggie says:

    You make a really good point about making sure to update yourself on fire safety aspects of the job. In my opinion, everyone working on the job should take a fire safety training course in order to know more about what to do in general situations. Even if the knowledge seems basic, it is always good to brush up on something as important as safety!

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