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Working from home

Working from home? Stay fire safe

More of us than ever are finding ourselves working from home. At your place of work, your employer has a responsibility to make sure that your environment is safe for you to work in and that there are measures in place to protect you in the event of fire – but when you’re working from your lounge, kitchen, bedroom or study, you introduce some new hazards into your own home environment.

Here’s how to take steps towards keeping fire safe when you’re working from home:

Make sure that sockets are only loaded to their capacity and no more; unplug any items that aren’t in use to make room for new equipment, rather than increasing the load on extension leads.

Ensure that all power sources such as leads and cables are in visibly good condition and tangle free, and that they are positioned where they are well ventilated to avoid over-heating.

Taking a few moments to save your work, and scheduling ICT updates for the early evening when computers can be left on after working hours but turned off before bed time, will mean that you can perform a full shut down of any equipment at the end of every day. This reduces the risk of an electrical fire starting and developing unnoticed during the night.

Resting laptops on body parts and soft furnishings can result in reduced access for essential ventilation, which can lead to machines overheating. Choosing the right surface reduces the risk of physical burns to the user and decreases the chance of a fire starting.

 

 

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