This is the final weekly guide that you can add to your fire safety guidance documentation, this week we are going to cover ‘Training and Awareness’.
It is so important to know that your staff know what to do in an emergency, so ensuring that the relevant people are appropriately trained is key.
All staff should know:
- How to raise an alarm
- How to contact the fire service
- Know where the evacuation points are and relevant assembly points (all visitors must be shown this on arrival)
Nominated Fire Marshall:
- What action to take on discovering a fire and on hearing the fire alarm
- Correct evacuation procedures and location of the assembly points
- To only tackle a fire if it safe to do so (when fire is small and correct extinguisher is available)
- Aware of the contents of the Fire Risk Assessment
- Own and test the Business continuity plan (to include Fire)
- Ensure employees receive training during working hours when they start employment
What to do in the case of a fire
When hearing the alarm sound the building must be evacuated (following the business emergency plan).
Where possible ensure that all windows and doors are closed to ensure the fire is contained, reducing damage were likely.
Contact the fire service as soon as possible, giving the full address of the premises and the contact, when they arrive ensure the responsible person meets them to collate information and remember do not re-enter the building for any reason.
Hopefully you should feel a bit more prepared for an emergency situation. Here is a simple checklist to double check.
- Can all fire exits be opened immediately and easily?
- Are fire doors clear of obstruction?
- Are escape routes clear?
Fire Warning System
- Is the indicator panel showing ‘normal’?
- Are whistles, gongs or air horns in place?
- Are luminaries and exit signs in good condition and undamaged?
- Is emergency lighting and sign lighting working correctly?
Fire Fighting Equipment
- Are all fire extinguishers in place?
- Are fire extinguishers clearly visible?
- Are vehicles blocking fire hydrants
By ensuring you review your fire safety guidance regularly, have a complete fire risk assessment and keeping a log of all fire safety related requirements in a log book will lead to good fire safety culture in the workplace.