Fire preparedness is vital in all industries. According to the National Fire Protection Association, over 113,000 fires started in non-residential buildings across the US in 2015. These fires resulted in 80 civilian deaths, 1,425 civilian injuries, and $3.1 billion in property damage. By training your employees to prepare for a fire, you can speed up emergency responses and evacuations to save lives and preserve property.
Your primary goal is to stop fires from igniting in the first place. This requires your employees to know what hazards exist in the workplace and how to prevent them from contributing to a fire.
First, conduct a thorough sweep of your facility and document all known hazards. With this information, you can teach your employees the steps they must take to control unavoidable risks and eliminate many others altogether. Here are the types of hazard prevention tips you might offer your employees, depending on your industry:
Even with the best prevention methods, a fire may still break out in your building. Make sure your employees are prepared for an emergency situation by providing adequate training.
The purpose of a fire drill is to practice getting everyone out of the building safely. Emphasize the importance of recognizing a fire alarm and following evacuation procedures, which may include:
Use your fire drills as a chance to identify flaws in your evacuation procedures and make adjustments for next time.
Teach your employees the precise actions they should take if they see a fire:
If you purchase portable fire extinguishers for your building, make sure they are the right ones for the job. Then, if you expect your employees to use an extinguisher in a fire emergency, you are required to provide hands-on fire extinguisher training, such as the program available from Kauffman Co.
The best way to ensure every employee receives proper fire preparedness training is to establish and implement a fire safety program. For help getting your program started, please contact Kauffman Co. We provide fire protection services to homes and businesses throughout the Houston area.
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