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.