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.
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.