Why your business needs to run a Fire Safety Course

Why your business needs to run a Fire Safety Course Midlands Health and Safety Consultancy

Ensuring the highest standards of fire safety is one of the most important risk controls your organisation can implement. The devastating effects of a fire at work, at worst, can cost lives, and at best, cause damage to your property and force closure whilst you recover. Participating in a fire safety course will ensure your employees have the skills and knowledge to act appropriately if a fire occurs and will also teach them valuable fire safety awareness skills

Additionally, employers have a legal duty to provide fire safety training for employees. In this article, we will provide you with a quick guide on why your business needs to run a Fire Safety Course and what should be included.

Fire safety responsibilities

There are three fundamental fire safety responsibilities that everyone needs to know and that can be covered in a fire safety course.

Fire prevention

We all need to keep our eyes open to identify fire hazards and take action in order to keep the workplace safe. Prevention tips include keeping workplace area clear of combustible waste and ensuring flammable liquids are stored according to manufacturer recommendations.

Fire evacuation

A fire safety course should give everyone the knowledge to assist with the rapid, safe evacuation of the premises in the event of a fire – including assisting visitors and members of the public who aren’t familiar with the evacuation arrangements in your organisation.

Extinguishing fires

You might be given training to help put out small fires before they can spread and cause significant damage.  It must be emphasised that this is only for small fires, and you are not expected to take any risks with your own safety.

The fire triangle

Composed of three elements, The Fire Triangle is a clear and simple method of raising awareness of how and why fire is able to start and spread so quickly, something which could save lives. The Fire Triangle is a very straightforward concept, designed to help you identify sources of ignition, fuel and oxygen. You can then apply your knowledge of the fire triangle to a particular situation to try to minimise the risks of fires within your workplace.

Fire prevention

Of course, prevention is always the first choice. Basic fire prevention techniques should be addressed, as well as the importance of good housekeeping practices in the workplace.

Reporting incidents

It is important that all occasions where a fire has, or could have occurred, are properly recorded and the cause investigated so that the effectiveness of the preventive and protective measures can be reviewed and, if necessary, revised.

Managing the company’s fire log book

Fire safety training can help ensure the company’s fire log book is run to compliance. The training can discuss the requirements of a fire log book and how to input the information in readiness for a fire, or the request of a 3rd party i.e the fire service, HSE or insurers.

How often should you participate in fire safety training?

Fire safety training should be included in all induction training for new staff. Additionally, all staff should receive refresher training where required. This will ensure that employees keep their fire safety knowledge current and will react promptly and appropriately if there is a fire. Changes to the workplace environment or any changes made to systems of work could also be reasons to update and refresh fire safety qualifications. Any business that has a high turnover of staff, is responsible for vulnerable people or is in a high-risk environment should provide staff with regular fire safety training.

For further information on why your business needs to run a Fire Safety Course, please contact us here.


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