The Fire Precautions Act 1997 – the laws requires all premises to undertake a fire risk assessment and that all staff must be trained in fire and emergency evacuation procedure and the premises must have adequate fire escapes.
If five or more people work together as employees, the fire risk assessment must be in writing, and must also take into account all other persons on the premises, i.e. clients and visitors to the salon.
In the period of one year there must be at least one fire drill that involves everyone. All staff must be fully informed and trained in fire and emergency evacuation procedure.
- All fire-fighting equipment should be regularly checked to ensure its in good working order and that there is adequate amount available
- Fire exit doors should be clearly marked and should remain unlocked and must not be obstructed.
- Smoke alarms must be installed and regularly tested.
- All staff must be trained in fire drill procedures and this information should be displayed at the workplace.
Fire Extinguishers are red with a different of colour just below the neck for different types of fire:
Colour RED – Contains WATER – and is used to put out fires of Natural material – such paper, wood, cloth etc.
Colour BLUE – Contains DRY POWDER – and is used to put out Electrical fires – and can also be used to put fires containing oils, alcohols, solvents, paint, flammable liquids, and gases
Colour CREAM – Contains FOAM – and is used to put out fires containing flammable liquids (not to be used on Electrical fires!)
Colour BLACK – Contains Carbon Dioxide (CO2) – and is used to put out Electrical fires (electric supply to be turned off first!) also any fires containing grease, fats, oils paint, flammable liquids (note not to be used on chip-pan or frying pan fires)