The Importance of Fire Safety Training

20 December 2019

Ensuring your building adheres to government guidelines relating to fire safety is of the utmost importance, but making sure your employees know what to do in the event of a fire on your premises is equally important too.

Fire safety training ensures that your employees knows what to do in a fire emergency. And conducting it on a regular basis is not only incredibly important, but the law requires you to do it.

What information do employees need to know?

From exiting the building safely, to fire prevention, and complying with the correct policies, fire safety training covers all aspects with dealing with fire at your premises. Now, for obvious reasons, it is hoped you never have to experience a fire – but providing your workforce with the knowledge on what to do keeps them, you and your business safe.

Fire safety training should outline the plan in place in the event of a fire. This includes fire alarm sound awareness, emergency exit locations and where the assembly point is. Your workforce should know where to go and how to get there the safest way possible. It is also beneficial to demonstrate how fire doors and exit routes are opened, as well as, the basic operation of fire extinguishers and knowing what to do if actually faced with a fire.

How often do employees need training?

As you probably know, your building can change a lot in the course of a year, not to mention staff come and go too. So for this reason, it is necessary for fire safety to be refreshed on a regular basis. Most companies opt for a yearly review and refresh to ensure their employees are up to date with procedures.

There are however, some exceptions to the yearly review. If something changes that alters fire safety risks to your premises, it is also important to update your procedures and training too. These can include, but are not limited to:

  • New equipment – if you’ve purchased, installed or changed the equipment you use, it is worth reviewing the fire safety procedures. As the new equipment could come with a different set of fire safety parameters.
  • External incidents – if an incident has occurred outside your organisation, it could prompt you to review your own fire safety guidelines.
  • Change of process – if your own internal processes change e.g. your fire assembly point. Then it is worth having a look into the fire safety as it could change a magnitude of factors.

Final thoughts 

The prevention of a fire in the workplace ultimately lies with everyone at your business. But it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure employees are fully trained and equipped with the knowledge to know both how to respond and exit safely in the event of a fire. So conducting training on a regular basis is imperative.

And if you’re interested in fire safety training for your organisation, get in touch with the team at Fire safety group today. We can conduct the fire safety training at your premises, meaning minimal disruption to you and your employees. All necessary equipment and materials are brought to you and the fire safety training will be tailored specifically to your work environment.

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