In yesterday’s blog post we looked at fire safety signs. We covered the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 legislation and we discussed when an employer must display fire safety signs on their premises. We then began discussing the different kinds of standardised safety signs and we discussed the first three:
Everyone will have noticed fire safety signs dotted around most workplaces at some point. Fire safety signs have been so commonplace that it is difficult to imagine the world without them. But before the 1992 Safety Signs Directive came into effect for all EU members, there wasn’t a complete, rigorous set of laws governing health and safety signs and standards in the workplace. These laws were then updated to the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 legislation.
Last week, we published a blog post that looked at the fire triangle (also known as the combustion triangle). In it, we discussed how fires are ignited and sustained by three ingredients: fuel, heat, and oxygen. This follow-up blog post explains which fire safety equipment can be used to remove each element of the fire triangle, thus putting out the fire. There are many ways to put out a fire, and this article looks at several of them. Understanding as much as possible about firefighting equipment can ensure you deal with a fire effectively and as safely. Misusing the equipment will not only make it less effective, but it can also prove dangerous for the user.
(Note: Although well informed, none of our advice is officially certified and does not serve as a substitute for official fire safety training.)
In our fire safety training guide last month, we mentioned the fire triangle and promised to write a dedicated blog post explaining what it was. With various complicated fire safety procedures to learn (and remember), it is a nice change of pace to focus on basic combustion theory. The fire triangle (AKA combustion triangle or fire diamond) is a model used to explain the relationship between fuel, heat, and oxygen that starts and maintains a fire. This diagram is used in fire safety training to help people understand combustion theory. The more we understand about fire and how it works, the better we are at preventing and fighting it.
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In this two-part blog, we’ve been looking at fire safety training. This is not an official training resource, however, and we encourage anyone interested in fire safety to visit the official government portal. Part 1 made a case for why workplaces should take fire safety seriously by outlining not only the potential loss of life caused by fire, but also the potential for a fire to ruin your business, no matter how well insured you are. Part 2 of this fire safety training guide will offer a few invaluable tips and outline exactly what kind of training your staff should receive.
Who is Responsible for Fire Safety Training in the Workplace?
The answer is relatively unambiguous and can be found on the government portal linked to above:
‘You’re responsible for fire safety in business or other non-domestic premises if you are:
- an employer
- the owner
- the landlord
- an occupier
- anyone else with control of the premises, eg a facilities manager, building manager, managing agent or risk assessor’
So, if any of these roles describe you, then you’re reading the right article. We’re like to outline how you can start taking fire safety training seriously.
Talk to your Employees About Fire Safety
The first step is to have a chat with your employees about fire safety. Ask them about any concerns they might have about your premises and if anyone has any previous experience with fire safety – it would be a shame not to take advantage of any expertise already on your workforce. Make a list of everyone’s worries as well as any possible holes in their fire safety knowledge. These two lists can serve as a to-do list for your fire safety training sessions.
Educate Yourself about Fire Safety
You are reading this blog post, so you clearly take this problem seriously and are on the right track. But don’t let your education about fire safety stop here. There are countless resources out there, but here are a few of the better resources that you may find useful:
- Fire Safety Advice Centre
- Local Fire Safety Courses
- Health and Safety Group – Fire Safety Awareness Training
- Engage in Learning – Fire Safety
All of these resources have their own merits and are certified. They will go into much greater detail, but they will all cover the following basic areas, so we’d like to introduce you to the five main components of fire safety training:
1) Raising the alarm
Employees should understand how and where to raise the alarm in the event of a fire. They should know where the various fire alarms are in your premises and how to correctly activate them.
2) Fire assembly points
Employees should understand where to go in the event of a fire. There should be designated fire assembly points where everyone gathers. Once everyone has gathered in the assembly points, they will be counted so that you can assess whether or not someone is still trapped inside.
3) Calling the Fire Brigade
It might seem self-explanatory, but it’s best not to leave anything up to chance. Make sure your staff fully understand how to call the emergency services and ask for the Fire Brigade.
4) Understanding fire theory
It can greatly help your employees prevent, avoid, and even fight fires if they understand a little bit of basic fire theory. This is where the fire triangle comes in. (Note: we will write a follow-up fire triangle article next month.)
5) Using fire safety equipment
The last piece of training all employees should receive is on using fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers, fire blankets, etc. If staff understand how to fight a small fire, then there is a good chance that they’ll be able to prevent a fire before it properly gets started.
As long as your fire safety training incorporates these five areas and you dedicate some time and resources to it, then we’re sure your workplace will be as protected as possible from fire. If you’re interested in making your premises as fire safe as possible, then you may like to read up about our fire shutters, fire curtains, and smoke curtains. If you have any questions for us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
As fire safety experts, we have discussions every day with business owners and managers about fire safety training and why it’s so important. Obviously, all of our customers take fire safety seriously as our fire curtains, smoke curtains, and fire shutters all help protect premises from fires and to slow down fires once they get started. But you can never take fire safety too seriously if you run your own business. Fire can destroy lives as well as property. And if your business has only one premises, then a fire could potentially destroy all your equipment and/or stock and shut you down for several months or for good.
Last August we wrote a blog post about fire prevention in the workplace and we’d like to follow this up with five easy fire safety tips. There is a clear set of fire safety legal guidelines for any office environment. And the technicalities of these health and safety requirements are the responsibility of your office’s fire safety officer. However, there are certain things everyone should be doing to ensure your office is protected from fire and that it prepared in the event of a fire. This article offers helpful advice, but none of it should take the place of official health and safety guidelines. Think of these tips as a fire safety side dish, as opposed to the main course.
Prepare, Prevent, Protect
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Fires in the workplace are really hazardous and companies must make sure employees have frequent fire drills and training so that they know what to do in the event of an actual fire occurring. One of the most important things to do is to immediately inform new employees of the fire escapes and protocols and to inform staff of any new fire hazards.
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