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December 22, 2009

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Fire safety- Slingsby

Despite stringent legislation, many businesses are still flouting the law and risking prosecution by failing to follow basic fire-safety procedures and have fire safety equipment in place, according to workplace equipment provider, Slingsby.

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, says the company, all employers must carry out a fire risk assessment and have an emergency plan in place. All buildings should have adequate escape routes and relevant signage should be displayed detailing fire procedures and highlighting exits.


Usually, adds Slingsby, one suitably located water-based extinguisher is required for each 200m2 of floor space, with a minimum of one extinguisher per floor. However, in large or more complex premises, more extinguishers may be required, and some premises may also need hose reels and fire blankets. It is also vital that any employees that would be expected to use extinguishers have relevant training.

A range of fire safety equipment is available from Slingsby, including refillable ABC powder extinguishers, fire point trolleys, screamer alarms (pictured) and emergency escape signage. To view the range and find out more, visit


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