Knowledge can save lives in an emergency situation. Fire safety training is an essential way to ensure that a workforce has the knowledge it needs to act in the right way if a fire breaks out. It’s also a legal requirement that can give your employees the understanding to both protect their own lives and even prevent a fire from becoming more severe. So, what should fire safety training consist of?
Basic training for all your staff
The starting point for fire safety training is to make it part of any induction or onboarding process for those who join your office. This will provide all new starters with the key information that they need to respond safely to an emergency situation. This should be supplemented by an annual refresher course for everyone. If your building has a high risk of fire, or the nature of what you do means that staff turnover is high, then you might want to make this biannual or quarterly.
Additional training where required
Some individuals may require additional training when it comes to fire safety, whether that’s to meet their own responsibilities or for the benefit of the wider business. This could include those in a supervisory role, receptionists and security teams, fire marshals and fire wardens, engineering and maintenance teams and anyone in a management position.
How to train your workforce
The quality of the fire safety training that you provide could one day be crucial in preventing the spread of fire and avoiding injury or loss of life. There are a number of important areas to cover, including:
Reacting to a fire alarm
Staff should understand what the fire alarm sounds like, when drills take place and how to report incidents.
Fire defense resources
This should cover everything, from how to shut down equipment or machinery in the event of a fire to what is required to ensure that passive fire protection measures, such as fire doors, work effectively. It will also be crucial to make staff aware of where they can find fire defence equipment – such as fire extinguishers – and how to use it.
Your fire defense plan
Every building will be different so it’s important to educate staff on the specific risks for this building, as well as what the plan is if fire does break out. Training should also include basic tips on how to prevent the spread of fire and what staff can do on a day-to-day basis to implement this.
Handling an outbreak of fire
Because a fire situation can cause panic, prior training in how to respond to a fire is incredibly useful. Staff should know how to respond to a fire alarm and what to do if they discover a fire. Getting out of the building, helping those with disabilities and whose responsibility it is to call the emergency services will also be crucial knowledge.
Fire safety training could be the difference between life and death for your workforce – it’s a preventative measure that is well worth investing in. Find out about other firestopping methods by getting in touch with Hillmoore Fire Protection Ltd today.