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.
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.
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.
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.