Fires are accidents that can happen at any time. The slightest mistake is enough to set them off. However, they are not inevitable, especially if you take the necessary protective measures. You can also call on a fire protection professional to help you prevent them.
Current legislation, according to the Labour Code, articles L.421-1 and L.421-5, requires company managers to establish a DUER or Document Unique d'Evaluation Des Risques. The latter serves as a tool for assessing the fire protection of employees. It is updated every year and in the event of an accident. Professionals must also be equipped with various materials such as mobile fire extinguishers. The number of extinguishers must correspond to the size of the company. As an indication, for a 200 m² room, an extinguisher with a capacity of 6 litres should be provided. Other types of extinguishers are essential, not to mention dry or wet columns and sand.
Staircases, basements larger than 100 m² and blind rooms must also be equipped with smoke extraction equipment. In order to ensure their performance, they require a routine check every six months. Evacuation simulations must also be carried out in addition to these measures.
Even stricter provisions apply to companies with more than 50 employees. They also apply to companies that use flammable materials. Their manager must appoint a person to ensure the safety of the team. The manager must work with the occupational physician and the maintenance staff. They must install an effective fire alarm system in areas exposed to fire.
Various factors can trigger a fire in workplaces and homes. They can be of energetic origin, as heating devices and hot surfaces can easily burn. The same applies to mechanical and electrostatic equipment. Fires can also occur in laboratories where employees handle flammable chemicals.
Lack of responsibility and carelessness are also causes of fires. For example, they may start a fire when smoking near a source of ignition. Other causes of fires are natural. Lightning, for example, has been known to cause electrical installations to burn, hence the importance of installing lightning arrestors in places most exposed to fire. The use of fuels such as petrol is also dangerous. In order to guarantee fire protection, it may be necessary to contact a professional. This expert will take care of the various studies relating to the security of your establishment.
In order to limit accidents as much as possible, you can call on a specialist. He has a team of qualified technicians to assess the risks of ignition in your establishment. His staff are also familiar with the regulations in force concerning safety in companies. The same applies to the articles on employee protection in the Labour Code. They are trained and know the safety standards applicable to companies.
Thanks to their knowledge, they are able to assess the risks to which you and your employees are exposed. They can, for example, detect gas leaks in your pipes. They are also able to find imperfections in your electrical installations that could put you at risk. Contacting an expert is an advantage, as he or she will advise you on who to contact in the event of an incident, such as the authorities, insurance and emergency services. Have you just set up your business? His or her intervention can be of great help.
Fire usually causes serious human and material damage. A single incident can cost you dearly if you neglect the fire protection of your business. To avoid unpleasant surprises, you can call on the services of a professional.
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