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All you need to know about Fire Safety Training

Workplace fires can have devastating effects for people and businesses. Businesses can find premises destroyed, equipment damaged beyond repair and have important data and paperwork lost forever. However important we may think these business assets are, it does not compare to the catastrophic effects of fire on people.

Most fires are preventable, and it only takes a thorough fire risk assessment to identify the hazards and implement safe working conditions to ensure fires don’t start and if they do, are contained by fire designed safety measures.

If your workforce, from senior management to the newest employee understood the basic elements of the fire triangle which highlights how fires are started, You would be able to implement preventative measures that make for a safer working environment and potentially save lives.

The main reasons fires start are:

  • Faulty or overloaded electrical equipment
  • Hot work practises (such as welding)
  • Cooking
  • Portable Heaters
  • Housekeeping and an accumulation of rubbish
  • Smoking
  • Arson

To prevent the causes of workplace fires, we must first understand fire behavior.

A hazard is anything that can cause harm. Here are a few examples of how a fire can cause harm, even death

Smoke inhalation – This is the main cause of fire deaths. By nature we misjudge the dangers of smoke. We think because smoke is not a physical barrier we can easily pass through it unharmed. In fact, firefighters refer to smoke as ‘hot gases’ and would never move through it without specialist breathing apparatus. Its important to understand the make up of smoke.

This toxic cloud is made up of:

  • Carbon Monoxide and Hydrogen Cyanide that will make it difficult to breath, make you drowsy and is fatal.
  • Acrolein, Sulphur and Nitrogen will irritate and sting your eyes and airway
  • Phosgene and Dioxins are found in biological nerve agents and effect the central nervous system making it difficult to control basic movements.
  • Raise the alarm to warm others that there is a fire. This may be by activating a fire alarm call point, or even yelling “Fire!” or using an air horn in a small building
  • Call the fire service or make sure someone else has done so
  • Evacuate the building safely using your workplace’s evacuation procedures

Do:

  • Stay calm
  • Act immediately
  • Leave the building through the nearest exit if safe to do so
  • Otherwise, use an alternative exit
  • If you re the last to leave the room, shut windows and doors (if time allows)
  • Go to the assembly point and make sure you are accounted for by the person in charge.

 

Do not:

  • Panic!
  • Take your time to gather things or finish something before reacting to the alarm
  • Wait for someone else to react first.
  • Use the lift (unless it has been determined ahead of time to do so as part of a personal plan)
  • Attempt to fight the fire if you are not trained to do so
  • Go back into the building without being given the all-cleathat it is safe

It is a legal requirement that employers have a fire safety procedure in place and that these are made aware to all staff. Many employers choose to have this part of their induction for new employees, but all staff should be given refresher briefings to help remind everyone on what to do in the event of a fire.

All staff should be made aware of:

  • The emergency procedures
  • Where the fire exits are located
  • Where the designated assembly points are (and which one they should go to if there are multiple points for different parts of the building)
  • Fire prevention measures that are already in the building, including equipment
  • Why fire doors need to be kept shut or kept free of obstructions
  • How to report any fire safety concerns
  • Any known fire alarm tests, so  that all other alarms should be treated as real.

Visitors should be made aware of the fire safety procedures applicable to them. Also, some staff members may need additional help in getting out of the building quickly, so an appropriate personal emergency evacuation plan (PEEP) should be put in place that ensures their safety. This may include use of additional equipment like an evac-chair to assist them down the stairwell. Employees should be trained in using this type of equipment.

Alternatively, if occupants of a building require additional assistance, refuge areas are often situated in protected areas of a building with communications linked to building management. Arrangements need to be made in advance to ensure safe evacuation.

The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order of 2005 requires employers to ensure that employees are provided with adequate emergency evacuation procedures and suitable fire safety knowledge including Fire awareness and Fire Marshal training. To conclude, fire safety training within any working environment is a legal requirement under this order.

Assessment will be ongoing throughout the course and certificates will be issued within 5 working days. 

Are you interested in fire marshal training in London? You should contact Siren Training today. We are a dedicated training company that was set up by a group of Firefighters in 2013. With excellent knowledge in First Aid and Fire Safety, we are the best company to carry out your fire marshal training in London. Our team are experts in what they do and deliver interesting, enjoyable, lifesaving skills to all sectors. Our fire marshal training in London equips you with the knowledge and skills to protect yourself and others in the event of a fire. This course involves identifying fires, carrying out fire procedures, evacuating staff and tackling small fires.

All our half day Fire marshal training courses in London are delivered by professional Firefighters. The training can either be carried out at your own venue or ours, it is really up to you. Attendees of the fire marshal training will receive their advice and training from a real Firefighter covering the full roles and responsibilities of a designated Fire marshal in the workplace. In your fire marshal training in London, you will learn basic fire safety procedures in the workplace and how to ensure your organisation is compliant with the law. You need to be aware that it is a legal business requirement to have an adequate number of employees trained to handle the safe and successful evacuation if a fire was to occur.

Fire marshal training is compulsory when new employees are moved into a building or changes have been made to the emergency plan. If you have changed working practices and processes or people’s responsibilities within the business, our fire marshal training in London is very much advised. Another situation where fire marshal training is needed is if a disabled person has been employed (for the first time) or a new member of staff has undertaken the role of a duty manager or fire marshal. Our fire marshal training in London is very much worth it and allows you to be prepared and confident in handling the event of a fire.

Are you interested in our fire marshal training in London? You should contact the Siren Training team today. Either give us a call on 0203 740 8088
 
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