Every workplace is required by law to take responsibility for fire safety training. We recommend all staff hold a valid fire safety certificate at all times, which means refreshing your fire safety training on a regular basis, so that you’re confident everybody’s knowledge is up to date and fresh on the mind in the event of a real-life emergency.
Where to begin…?
With so many options to choose from when it comes to fire safety training though, we know it can get confusing to figure out which course is best for you and your team. Indeed, certain individuals in your workplace will probably need to take a different level of training than other staff if they have extra responsibility for fire safety, such as your fire warden or fire marshal.
It’s important to ensure that your training is accredited and that it comes from a reputable training provider like us at the Fire Training Company. The reason for this is that you want to trust your certificate will be accepted by any inspecting bodies, and in the event of an emergency, you want reassurance that you can evidence your training for any resulting investigation.
So, here’s what to look out for in a fire safety training course if you want to know for sure that you’re choosing the best option for you and your business…
An understanding of why fire safety is so important
In order for fire safety training to have an impact on your staff, it’s important to choose a course that explains why fire safety is so important. This will help you to place your training into the context of a real-life situation or working environment and ensure that you realize this training isn’t just another box checked on any paperwork but a serious, potentially life-saving part of your professional development.
Not only that but having an understanding of why fire safety is important will make you realize that it doesn’t only apply at work. Actually, your new knowledge is going to be useful in virtually any context, including at home, so the information you’re about to learn might save the lives of your family someday too.
The different types of fire
Fire is fire to anyone who doesn’t know better, and all fire is deadly. However, you might be surprised to learn that there are actually many different types of fire, and combustion can be caused by various different reactions. As such, you need an awareness of the different types of fire and how each one is extinguished—which is the most important thing, because this is the knowledge that could mean the difference between putting a fire out or making it ten times worse in some cases.
A good fire safety training course such as our Online Fire Safety Training will explain the different types of fire and their relevant fire extinguisher in detail.
The fire triangle
Part of understanding each different type of fire is the understanding of how a fire starts. A good fire training course will go into detail about the ways in which a fire breaks out, what fire actually is, what makes a fire continue to burn, and how to break the fire triangle.
What’s the fire triangle, you ask? Well, our Online Fire Safety Training course will teach you all about it and why it’s incredibly important to know how to break it when it comes to fire safety.
How to apply your knowledge to a real-life emergency in the workplace
It’s crucial to understand fire, how it breaks out and how it can be extinguished, but it’s perhaps even more important to know how to prevent a fire from breaking out in your workplace at all. Even the smallest of fires can cause expensive, irreparable damage to property and possessions, so what we all want to know is how to make sure our workplace and building is protected from fire.
A good fire training course should cover the basics of fire prevention, including which procedures should be in place in your building, how to identify potential fire incidents, who should be taking responsibility for fire in your workplace, and which methods of escape you should be aware of. You might also be surprised to learn about some of the laws and legislation surrounding fire doors—in particular, how much you could be fined for blocking or propping open a fire door (we’ll let you in on a secret: it’s about the price of a small car per door)!
How to use fire extinguishers
Your workplace should be stocked with plenty of fire extinguishers at various locations around the site, but in the event of an emergency, would you know how to use one? You’ve probably already noticed that there is more than one type of fire extinguisher. In a good fire safety training course, you’ll be taught about the different types of fire extinguisher and how to activate one and use it to put out a fire.
In our face-to-face fire safety training courses, you also have the option to practice using a fire extinguisher with one of our experienced ex-emergency services trainers. Click here now for more information about our face-to-face training and to learn whereabouts in the country our trainers are based.
The laws surrounding fire safety at work
When it comes to fire safety, the law is very clear, and the consequences of making a mistake can be life-altering. Needless to say, you need to have an awareness of the laws and legislation surrounding fire safety and how it relates to you and your business.
Arrange fire safety training for your workplace
Our Online Fire Safety Training course covers all of this and more. If you’d like to learn more about our other fire safety training options, including our Fire Wardens training courses, please click here now.
Alternatively, to speak to our friendly customer support team, contact us by calling 01327 552160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
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