As a business owner, you’re responsible for the ongoing safety of your employees for as long as they’re on the work premises – which is why you’ve likely installed fire extinguishers and alarms.
Despite this preparation, accidents unfortunately still happen, and you and your team could one day find yourselves faced with a fire at the office. But can you honestly say that your team are prepared for that eventuality?
Preparing for the Worst
If you have the proper equipment and safety measures in place, this situation will likely be a rare one, but we must advise against relying purely on fire alarms and goodwill. To fully round out your fire safety policy, employees must be armed with the knowledge of how to respond sensibly and safely to a fire on your business’ premises.
There are very clear reasons for this: not only will it help to lessen the damage to your commercial property, but it will also ensure your staff – the individuals you’re responsible for – are kept out of harm’s way, even in the worst circumstances.
How to Deliver Fire Safety Training
At D&S Fire, we deliver fire safety training to our clients’ fire marshals in easily digestible 3-hour sessions. What’s more, we’ve seen the value in delivering the training to other employees who aren’t strictly fire marshals as well, and have adapted our sessions to work with both groups and individuals.
Not only do attendees get the opportunity to learn how to act safely and within the law in the event of a fire, and undergo live demonstrations, they also have the chance to ask our trained professionals any questions they might have so that they can act calmly and with confidence no matter what the situation.
Keeping the Team Updated
It’s understandable, however, that employees come and go – but you need to ensure that your team are always prepared, no matter what’s changed from a staffing perspective. That’s why we suggest regularly returning to fire safety training so that the same number of employees are always know what to do.
Another benefit in returning to fire safety training on a regular basis is that it prevents employees from forgetting everything they’ve learned – don’t worry, we understand: they have their own jobs to think about too.
Offering your team the chance to undergo basic fire safety training is a great first step in making the workplace safer, and helps you as an employer to guarantee that they can come into work and feel confident that they’ll be OK should anything happen.
If you’d like to offer your fire marshals or any other members of your team fire safety training, don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’ll be happy to help! Alternatively, head to our fire risk assessment and training page to find out more.