With the constant bustling of workers, machinery and potentially flammable stock, the risk of fires is high in warehouses. For context, it’s reported that there’s an average of 336 fires per year at warehouses up and down the country, and one in ten of those results in the complete destruction of the building. This statistic alone highlights the importance of warehouse fire prevention to protect your workplace and staff. 

Fit Fire Alarms

It’s absolutely vital to have working fire alarms throughout the building. These are the main indicators that a fire is occurring and everyone needs to vacate the premises and go to a safe location. Fire alarms should be tested weekly to ensure that they are in full working order.

Never Block Fire Exits

One of the major warehouse fire safety tips is to never block fire exits. Fire exits should be found throughout the building and they need to be completely clear and easy to access at all times. 

In a warehouse it may be easy to accidentally leave stock in front of a door – even if it’s just for a moment – when working. However, these few minutes can be the difference between someone being able to safely leave the building or not.

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Carry Out Regular Fire Risk Assessments

To maintain warehouse fire safety, regular fire risk assessments should be carried out. This is a legal requirement under the Regulatory Reform (fire safety) Order 2005. This will show you have taken the correct precautions to reduce the risk of fire and taken further precautions in situations where flammable materials are handled.

Properly Store Flammable Materials

Correct warehouse fire prevention would mean you have to store all flammable materials in a safe location away from potential risks. You should also ensure these areas are clear of rubbish, such as scrap paper or plastics, to prevent any accidents from occurring.

Check All of Your Equipment

All fire safety equipment such as fire alarms, fire blankets and extinguishers should be regularly checked and tested to confirm they are in correct working order. Items like fire extinguishers need to be replaced every 10-12 years when unused.

Set Designated Smoking Areas

Designated smoking areas should be set outside, and as far away from any combustible products as possible. All cigarettes should be properly disposed of and not left on the ground.

More Information on Warehouse Fire Prevention

If you would like to learn more about fire safety in Wellingborough and the Northamptonshire area, or need some support in making your warehouse fire  safe, then we can help. Here at Northants Fire, we are equipped and ready to provide any individual or business with the correct information on warehouse fire safety. Contact Northants Fire today for vital advice and support.