Here’s what you need to do AFTER you put out a workplace fire

Ashley Churchyard, Fsp Business, 16 Oct. 2014

Tags: workplace fire, fir emergencies, fires in the workplace, deal with workplace fires

If there’s a fire in your workplace, you need to put it out quickly before it destroys everything or kills your employees.

But what happens once the flames are out and emergency services have left the scene?

You have to deal with a fire damaged workplace and hundreds of possible health and safety issues of course.

To do that, we’re revealing what you must do after a workplace fire so you can get your business back on track in no time…


Once the fire is out, do these four things

1. The police should arrive on the scene when you report the fire. They’ll do an investigation into the fire to determine if it was an accident or a case of arson. You must help them with their investigation so you can get to the bottom of the cause.
2. Speak to your insurance company and ask them to send out an inspector to give you an evaluation on the damage. 
This inspector can tell you whether or not your insurer will pay out. (Note: the insurance company might wait until the police release their investigation report because if your actions prove responsible for the fire, they won’t pay.)
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3. Get an assessment from a health and safety inspector on the damage. Even if the damage is minimal, it could be a health and safety risk because of ash and other particles in the air. 
Only once you have the all clear from a health and safety inspector, can you start work in your workplace again.
4. Report any injuries or deaths to COID so your employees or their relatives can get compensation. You also need to do your own internal accident investigation for your COID claims.
Ensure you do these four things as quickly as possible after a workplace fire so you can get back to work soon. 
But when it comes to workplace fires, prevention is always better than cure so check out the Fire Safety Toolkit for everything you need to know to avoid this type of drama in the first place. 

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