The Importance of Fire Safety Training
How to act in the event of a fire is extremely important knowledge for employees. The actions of a person are likely to impact colleagues around them. Fire safety training is important to ensure everyone knows what to do in an emergency. Not only should it be done for the safety of your workforce, but it is also the law.
Here we are going to discuss what you need to know about basic fire safety training.
What does the workforce need to know about fire safety?
Preventing fires, fire escape routes and how to stay safe are all things that should be included in fire safety training. The best-case scenario, of course, is for your business to never experience a fire, therefore it is important that members of staff are taught fire prevention. These basic practices will increase the safety of your business premises and everyone inside.
Additionally, you should have an emergency plan in place to cover what needs to happen in the event of a fire. Training programs can cover how to respond in the event of fire alarms, the best exit routes, and fire assembly points. Everyone who works in the building should know the closest and safest exits as well as how to use fire doors. These measures can mean the difference between life and death in a fire situation and should be taught at least once a year to make sure staff are confident with these procedures.
If fire extinguishers are present on-site, it can be beneficial to give people basic knowledge of how to operate one. Other ways of preventing a blaze from spreading can also be taught. Part of fire safety training should include being able to identify when it is safe to attempt to tackle a flame. You may pick specific individuals to receive advanced training which may include shutting down dangerous equipment or ensuring that everyone has left the premises.
Another thing that may seem obvious, is that you should let staff know how the fire alarm sounds. You should be testing your fire alarm system on a weekly basis if you are working in an office. If staff do not know the sound of the fire alarm system, then how are they supposed to be able to respond effectively? Evacuation of the building could be held up if people are finding out what alarm is going off.
When do I need to train my employees?
Fire safety is something that should be continuous to keep everyone up to date and safe always. Staff should be given refresher courses so they can be prepared should a fire occur. New members of staff should be trained when joining. This could be included as part of a new employee’s induction. This includes staff that may have been transferred from another office or department, fire evacuation plans and procedures will vary for every location, so it is best to train everyone to ensure it is executed correctly. (You do not want anyone in your business without this training)
If something changes that affects the fire safety risks in your building, it is important to train your staff to keep them up to date. Changes such as building modifications, layout changes or extensions could all affect the fire safety risks in your building. These changes could change the best exit routes to take or assembly points.
Why is it so important?
Fire safety training helps to protect your business. It ensures everyone knows what to do in the case of a fire, significantly reducing the risk of injury or loss of life in the event of a fire. Equally, basic knowledge of fire prevention can go a long way in stopping fires, which is highly important in businesses.
Fire can have serious consequences in the running of your business. Read our blog ‘The Importance of Protecting your Business against Fire’ here.