Fire training, why is it necessary in the workplace?

The possibility of a fire breaking out at work often seems too remote to warrant much attention, and as a result many businesses tend to give insufficient thought to workplace fire safety. In fact, many employees are quite clueless as to what to do to prevent fires and how to react should a fire break out. Other than the odd fire drill, most workplaces place little to no emphasis on fire safety. While workplace fires are in fact not extremely common, the consequences of a fire can be staggering. Just as insurance offers protection in the event of an unlikely but devastating occurrence, putting in place a sound workplace fire safety plan and educating all employees on the correct procedures to take can go a long way towards preventing the devastation of a fire-related accident. Here are some steps that should be taken at all workplaces.

Train employees to identify the severity of a fire

There is no one correct way to deal with a fire. While a smaller fire may be combated with a fire extinguisher, a more severe fire may require immediate evacuation. Dealing with a fire in an inappropriate manner can have terrible consequences, for instance when a building is evacuated due to a small fire that could have been easily extinguished. The first response to a fire is vitally important to a positive outcome. Before they can know what steps to take to deal with a fire, employees need to be trained to identify the severity of a fire. Only then will they be able to identify and apply the appropriate response to the fire. Videos on workplace fire safety can be shown to employees in order to give everyone involved a deeper understanding of how to analyse and deal with fires.

Train employees to use fire extinguishers

While it goes without saying that any workplace must be equipped with fire extinguishers, they are of little use if nobody on the premises is able to effectively use them. Employees should be trained in the proper use of fire extinguishers so they are able to swiftly deal with small fires. Videos and practical demonstrations allowing hands-on participation can equip employees with the necessary knowledge to safely and effectively use a fire extinguisher.

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