Small business fire safety and fire protection is something which should always be taken very seriously, but which perhaps isn’t. Often, things like fire safety get pushed to the backburner, simply because business owners and managers have more important things – in their eyes at least – to do with their time.
Unfortunately, this leads to a wide range of fire safety violations. While the exact nature of these will vary according to the exact workplace fire safety laws in your state or territory, some of the most common fire safety violations include in Australian small businesses include:
- Using Poorly Maintained Fire Safety Gear
Fire safety equipment is essential when it comes to making sure that your small business is protected from fire. Things like fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and sprinkler systems are essential, and are often required under Australian law.
However, a lot of people don’t realise that these fire protection systems need to be serviced and maintained regularly. Most fire extinguishers should be tested at least once every six months, while you should test your smoke detectors regularly and replace their batteries as needed. If you don’t keep your fire safety gear well-maintained, you could find yourself in violation of workplace safety laws.
- Not Containing Fuel Sources Properly
Potential fuel sources need to be contained in appropriate storage containers or areas to reduce the risk of fire. Things like flammable liquids or gases need to be held in fire resistant containers, and isolated from potential ignition sources. Failing to do this can not only make your premises extremely unsafe, but can also put you at serious risk of breaking the law.