Due to their size, multiple floor levels and the number of people inside the building at one time, Hotels are often more susceptible to fires and Hotel owners face a larger risk of mass injury in the, hopefully unlikely, event of a fire. This is why it’s essential for staff in the Hospitality Industry to have thorough training and have access to the correct equipment to fight fires.
Hotel fires in 2018
On the 24th January 2018, a Surrey Hotel reported a fire in their premises. The fire required assistance from the Surrey Fire Brigade as well as backup from the Hampshire Fire Brigade. Eight fire engines, an aerial ladder platform, and a water carrier were required to finally extinguish the fire.
And on the 6th February 2018, a hotel in Attleborough suffered severe fire damage. The hotel was closed for almost 8 months before reopening and statistics show that approximately 80% of businesses stop trading altogether after 6 months following a serious fire.
Fire safety tips and checklist for hotels
Here are 11 useful fire safety tips for those working in a hotel environment.
- Provide fire safety training for staff (this is a legal requirement!) and carry out fire drills regularly (minimum twice a year). Here at iHASCO, we aim to do them once a month.
- Fire risk assessments need to be carried out annually. A fire risk assessment should also be conducted if there are material changes in the building.
- Fire alarms should be tested weekly.
- Any checks, equipment checks, training and drills need to be recorded in a safety book.
- Emergency lights should be fully functioning and be tested regularly to test that they are working. These should be placed in hallways, stairs and public rooms.
- Fire doors should not be wedged open and should not be damaged.
- Carry out checks of the building, test fire alarms, escape routes, and make sure no escape routes are blocked.
- Fire action notices should be near to call points. Specifically, in hotel rooms, there should be signs on the bedroom doors so guests know what to do in case of a fire.
- All emergency exit signs should be visible and illuminated.
- There should always be effective emergency procedures in place to evacuate a building during a fire.
- Check fire extinguishers monthly and make sure that they are undamaged, full, and in the right locations.
It’s also important to ensure that your workplace has a designated Fire Warden to take charge of these checks and make sure that all requirements are carried out. There are no strict guidelines for how many Fire Wardens you need in your workplace, you will need to conduct a risk assessment to assess how many people there are in your building and whether there is a low, medium or high risk.
Fire Awareness Training is an essential part of employee training in a workplace and can help prevent serious accidents. Why not get started with a free trial today?