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Why do I need fire safety training?

Imagine the worst happens. A fire starts in an area of your building, and quickly gets out of control. There is a panic, and no-one is quite sure who is doing what, or which fire extinguisher should be used.

Sure, everyone read a PowerPoint slide when they were inducted to the business, but it was skimmed over in 30 seconds to tick a box and certainly wasn’t enough to give any foundation knowledge on how to act under immense pressure.

Don’t want this to be you? Invest in the proper training!

What is involved in fire safety training?

Fundamentally, fire safety training is about making sure that everyone knows what to do in the event of a fire breaking out. The actions of one person can save a life – but at the same time the incorrect actions of one person can put the lives of many at risk. Did you know that using the incorrect fire extinguisher can actually make a blaze worse? The correct training can give your employees the confidence to act in the event of an emergency.

What do my employees need to know about fire safety?

Fire safety training should cover everything from the basics of fire prevention, the procedures that should be followed specifically for your business, and what to do (and how to escape!) if there ever was a fire in your building.

In an ideal world, our fire prevention skills would be so good that the risk of fire is at a minimum, but it is essential that your staff know what to do if the worst happens. Because it does happen.

What can I teach about fire prevention? 

Things you do every day can stop fires from breaking out or stop the spread. Are you and your team monitoring good housekeeping? Is the overflowing bin placed right in front of the electric heater? Is your equipment PAT tested in the appropriate timeframes? And is that heavy fire door propped open with a box as everyone finds it more convenient?

Learn the hazards and educate your staff on how to change their behaviours to keep themselves safe.

What is your emergency plan?

Every business should have an emergency plan in place that covers what needs to happen in the event of a fire. Basic training can see employees knowing what to do if the fire alarm sounds, where the assembly point is and how they can get to it safely.

It is also beneficial to give staff a basic knowledge of how to operate your fire extinguishers and other ways of stopping the spread of fire. As part of this, it is important to communicate that it is not always safe for the fire to be tackled, and the situation should be assessed quickly and carefully. If in doubt, even your most knowledgeable fire wardens should evacuate the building – bricks can be replaced, lives cannot.

Many companies choose to have specific employees as Fire Wardens, and train them to a higher standard than others. Be sure to have cover on each shift if appropriate, and enough people trained to cover sickness and holidays,

When do I need to train my employees?

Fire safety training is something that should be carried out on a regular basis. Wardens will leave the business and need to be replaced, and new staff will join that don’t know your procedures. What’s more, new regulations can be put in place that your staff should be made aware of.

Regular, continuous training keeps staff up to date and they are more likely to remember what they have been taught so that they can put it into action if needed.

How can I make sure my staff are confident using fire safety equipment?

Basic fire-fighting techniques can be taught in the ‘classroom’, through theoretical work that can also be discussed as a group.

The ideal training is a practical fire-fighting scenario using real life equipment and an LPG extinguisher training simulator – this gives staff real life experience in handling the equipment, its weight and feel what it can do when in use. This is the ultimate standard, as most people learn by doing. You can have confidence that your staff are as prepared as they can be.

Educating staff keeps your buildings, your business, and everyone inside it safe.

Click here to learn more about our fire safety training or contact us on 0800 634 9868 today.

Author

Scott Taylor MIFireE, MIFSM, CFPA E-Dip TC

Scott Taylor has worked as a fire professional for over 15 years working in the public and commercial sector. He likes to work with businesses as a partner, passing on knowledge and information in a pragmatic manner balancing risk, benefit and cost to ensure compliance.

All stories by: Scott Taylor MIFireE, MIFSM, CFPA E-Dip TC