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Don’t make the same fire safety mistake that so many employers fail with. It’s an easy one to make. Imagine – you’ve undergone your fire risk assessment. As a result, your premises are now adorned with a smart array of shiny crimson fire extinguishers, standing smartly to attention in case of fire. Job done!
Well … not quite. Placing a comprehensive collection of fire extinguishers in a building will do nothing to improve its fire safety unless … its occupants know how to use them. And that means training … proper training. This is now a legal requirement. You are obliged by law to ensure that your people undergo appropriate fire extinguisher training – specifically geared towards the building they occupy and the processes you carry out.
An effective training program needs to cover more than the mere basics of fire extinguisher operation. Having followed the course, the trainees should be able to know –
A well-designed fire extinguisher training course should give trainees the confidence to identify the type of fire and judge whether and how to operate an extinguisher to put it out.
Here are a few components of fire extinguisher training.
The first principle of fire extinguisher training is to understand the relevance of a building’s structure and purpose to fire risk. For example, an office complex would have different sources of fire risks than a hospital. Trainees also need to identify the different key fire risks within a building – for example, the kitchen area and sources for electrics or heating. They need to be aware too of how different types of fire can start.
Trainees need to understand that there are different types of fires. If the wrong extinguisher is used, it could even make the fire worse. Here are the five main classes of fire
Each of these will need to be dealt with using a different extinguisher.
Your employees will need to become familiar with where the fire extinguishers are located. In an emergency, they’ll need to know where to quickly locate the right type. They should also be able to identify whether an extinguisher is sufficiently charged and if it’s damaged in any way.
Trainees following fire extinguisher training will need to know whether to fight a fire or abandon it. They need to be able to judge the scale of the fire, whether it’s likely to get out of control and when to call 999. They also need to have an idea about fumes and smoke and to deal with each.
An effective Fire Extinguisher training course will teach your people how to calmly aim and apply each type of extinguisher and when to stop using it. The more they understand and practise the operation, the less likely they are to panic and make mistakes.
As you can see, fire extinguisher training is a serious matter. As an employer, you are legally obliged to ensure that your people have undergone adequate training. Here at Tec Fire and Security, we take training most seriously. We understand that well-trained employees will be safer and feel safer, and we’re here to help.
For a no-obligation conversation, get in touch.