Choosing the correct fire extinguisher types is just one of the things to consider when you carry out a hotel fire risk assessment. A hotel has many different areas and you must assess each one of them.
Fire training equipment must be available and marked with instructions for use by members of staff and guests. As a hotel proprietor, it is your legal duty to ensure that the whole environment is as safe from fire risk as possible.
Hotels are a high fire risk because there is the danger of loss of life in the case of fire. The majority of fires are the result of carelessness and/or accidents and occur during the night, whilst a large number of guests and staff are sleeping on the premises. This should be a high priority when you are working on your fire risk assessment plans and procedures.
Hotel Fire Risk Assessment
The different areas of your hotel which must be assessed include:
- Kitchens – the amount of risk involved depends on a few different factors. A large hotel with a full-time kitchen staff may pose less of a risk than a kitchen which is not supervised. Kitchens are full of electrical equipment which poses a fire hazard. It is important to have the correct type of fire extinguishers in place and marked for their use.
- Bedrooms – all electrical appliances which you supply in a hotel bedroom must have an annual safety test. It is important to place notices for staff and guests about the potential dangers involved when using electrical appliances plus the procedures they need to follow in case of fire.
- Lifts should not be used in case of fire and you should include procedures when you do your fire risk assessment.
- Hallways and other communal areas should be considered when working on the risk assessment of a hotel. These provide the perfect central location to install fire hoses / fire extinguishers and other types of firefighting equipment. Equipment stored here is accessible for all employees and guests.
- Car Parks – you should include all parking areas (both staff and guests) in your fire risk assessment.
Storage areas any store cupboards /store rooms used for linen, bedding, towels and flammable cleaning products need to have special consideration when you are working on your fire risk assessment. It is important that these areas are always clean and tidy and that the staff is well trained and aware of the potential dangers.
- Smoking – discarded cigarette butts are still one of the most common causes of fire in hotels and other premises. It is important that all high-risk areas are no smoking zones with appropriate signs and training for staff. Smoking is now banned from many types of premises but it is still important to point this out in a clear, effective way.
Make sure that you have the correct fire extinguishers in the appropriate areas of the hotel. This can make a big, life-saving difference in case a fire does break-out.