Important Rules for Fire Safety

The Occupational Health and Safety Act is very particular about rules around fire safety.  These fall into the following categories: prevention, risk assessment, fire detection, and evacuation plan.

Prevention, Risk Assessment, Fire Detection, Evacuation Plan

We will now take a closer look at each of these.


A government accredited service provider will assess your fire risk and then provide you with steps to prevent these for your particular business.  Smoking is banned in certain areas, electrical equipment should be tested regularly, plugs must have trip switches, and all cables secured.

Potential fire hazards need to be identified by employees, and key members of staff must be trained in fire safety, risk assessment and evacuation procedures.

Risk Assessment

There are regular assessments that must be performed by a government approved assessor.  Make sure your certification is up to date.

Fire Detection

Ensure that a fire detection system is in place, and that you have SABS-approved fire extinguishers at various points, particularly in high-risk areas. Employees should be trained around how to use them.

High-risk areas must have sprinklers installed for added protection.

Evacuation Procedures

Employees need to be familiar with the evacuation plan so that they can exit in a short period of time.  There should be regular drills to ensure this happens smoothly.

The number of the nearest fire brigade and emergency services must be clearly displayed.

All fire escapes and exits must be clear of any furniture or other items.

Take roll call once everyone is clear of the premises.

Posted date: 9th Oct 2017
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