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The Four Essential Components of Workplace Fire Safety Training Programs

While it’s true that manufacturers and industrial facilities have a greater fire risk, the reality is that any kind of business can experience a fire in the workplace. Because of that, it’s important that your employees are safe and protected from fire hazards, and training them on how to handle themselves in that kind of situation should be a priority for any business owner.

While the stakes are certainly higher when it comes to fire – fire safety is like anything else. The more you’re trained and the more ready you are – the safer you’ll be in the event they actually occur. That being said – there are lots of fire safety companies out there who teach things in a variety of ways – so what’re the things you should look for in a fire safety program? That’s what we’re here to discuss today. 

Here are the four key components that any good workplace fire safety program should have.

Recognizing Hazards

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a thousand times – fire prevention is the best way to combat the threat of real fires occurring. Teaching employees to identify potential hazards before they become actual threats is paramount to any workplace fire safety program. 

If there’s heat, a source of ignition, flammable materials, fuel, and the like; employees need to understand the potential for a fire that these things represent. If your employees can recognize situations where they’re working with these things or observe them being used in a way and manner that they shouldn’t be – you’ll prevent a lot of fires from starting in the first place. 

What To Do If There’s A Fire

The next logical step is understanding what they need to do if there’s a fire. There should be a clear-cut chain of command in the event of a fire alarm as well as a thorough once-over as to how fire alarm and fire suppression systems work. Employees should all know how to activate a fire alarm and how to call 911. 

Knowing gives your employee the base knowledge they need in order to react to a situation. They’ll know how to let people know there’s a fire, how to call for help, and who to listen to and seek out. 

Responding Properly To The Fire

Outside of what we talked about, how should employees respond to a fire? This is where things can get ambiguous because some of it depends on the workplace you’re in and the severity and location of the fire. But regardless of that, there are some must-have ingredients in your training. Things like:

  • Your company’s evacuation plan
  • Your employee’s specific roles in executing that plan
  • How to leave the building
  • What to do as they leave the building
  • Where to regroup
  • And what to do if they encounter fire, heat, or smoke as they leave the building.

By covering these things, you can rest assured that your employees will be as prepared as possible. No one wants to think about a fire happening in your building, but if it does – it’s vital that everyone knows exactly what to do. 

Using Fire Extinguishers

The last essential ingredient of a workplace fire safety program is fire extinguisher education. It’s vital to teach employees how to use extinguishers properly. In addition, they’ll be taught about the limitations of these devices, how long they should try to use the device, and when they should flee and escape to safety. No workplace is worth losing someone’s life. 

Understanding when to walk away from a fire is as important as knowing how to fight one. By investing in this aspect of your employees’ training, they’ll be better prepared to be able to respond to fire calmly, safely, and effectively. 

If you would like more information on this or any fire and life safety issue, please contact Protegis Fire & Safety. Stay safe and healthy.

Why Workplace Fire Safety Training Is So Important

Fire safety training is one of the best investments you can make for your employees. Not only does this keep your workers safe, but it also helps prevent fires and the potentially catastrophic losses they can create. Here are some of the reasons you should be investing in a fire safety training program for your employees.

Preventing Fires

The best way to fight fires is to make sure you never have to deal with one in the first place. Fire safety training classes teach your employees how to recognize fire hazards before they become actual fires. They’ll notice things like electrical cords and wires placed near heat sources. They’ll see things like blocked emergency exits. And they’ll be more proactive about their own safety and in turn, other’s safety as well. The end result is a safer, healthier place to work.

Assessing Risk

During any training, the fire protection trainer will evaluate your company’s risk for fire. Do you have emergency routes planned? Is there sufficient exit lighting? How will people with disabilities be factored in? Are your alarms up to date and are your extinguishers full and located in the correct places? These answers and more will be unpacked and cobbled together into an all-encompassing fire safety action plan that can save lives and thousands of dollars. 

Taking action

Every company should have some sort of fire evacuation plan and that plan should be taught to every employee. This way, they’ll know where emergency exits are. They’ll know where extinguishers are located. They’ll know where pull stations are in case they need to signal an alarm themselves. Most importantly – they’ll know how to recognize the warning signs of a fire and when and how to take action. 

Especially with regards to industrial businesses, it’s vital that your employees know what to do and when to do it. It’s not just about saving money, jobs and productivity – it’s about saving lives.

If you have a question about this or any other fire and life safety topic, please contact Protegis Fire & Safety.