It’s just as important to have the proper fire protection services as it is to have fire safety training for your employees. Fire safety training is vital regardless if your employees work in an office or warehouse that houses hazardous chemicals. This training could prevent the loss of life. Here is a guide on workplace fire safety training.
Is Fire Safety Training Necessary?
Per the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employees at most workplaces should know how to keep themselves safe in a fire emergency. “Safe” means that your team must know how to recognize fire indicators and evacuate safely at the bare minimum. However, comprehensive training typically covers more than that. A thorough training encompasses:
- Recognizing fire hazards
- What to do when a fire happens
- Fire prevention
Commonly, people misconceive those particular industries are exempt from fire safety training requirements. However, it can happen in any industry, including:
- Healthcare and educational facilities
- Restaurants and bars
- Retail spaces
- Industrial and manufacturing sites
The top causes of commercial fires are:
- Cooking equipment malfunctions and kitchen fires
- Heating, lighting, and electrical devices
Because most, if not all, commercial spaces have kitchens and electrical equipment, training your employees on best fire safety practices is crucial.
Who Needs This Training?
All employees should know this information, from the CEO to clerks in receiving.
What Topics Should I Include?
It largely depends on the industry. However, here is a general outline of all the things that you should include in your fire safety training:
- What to do if a fire happens
Employees should know the fire emergency plan, which should include:
- Exiting the building safely and quickly
- Securing each door as they are leaving the building
- Where to meet after an excavation
- Actions to take if heat or smoke prevents them from leaving the building
Employees should also understand how to activate the fire alarm or sprinkler systems in the area if they can
- Different Fire Types and Containing Them
An example of why this matter is because kitchen fires often contain grease. Additionally, some employees have a higher level of responsibility, including:
- Healthcare employees responsible for incapacitated patients
- Employees on remote sites such as boats or oil platforms without emergency services readily available
- Employees working with highly volatile chemicals
Along with fire safety training, PPE training is another consideration depending on the industry.
- Fire Prevention
Many workplace fires are avoidable when you train employees on how to prevent them. Teach them:
- How to notice fire hazards
- How to minimize the risk of hazardous conditions
- Steps to take to remedy fire threats
Additionally, it’s best to have the best fire protection equipment installed. Call Chesapeake Sprinkler today if you’re unsure if your system is the most efficient.
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