How well Would Your Staff Perform In A Fire Safety Drill

Posted at 13/09/2017 15:46:02 Category: DCD News

In the event of a fire at your work place, it is absolutely critical that your staff are well trained enough to function efficiently in such a crisis; it really doesn’t matter how recent your Fire Risk Assessment is or how well written your emergency plan if no one has taken any notice of your instructions or even practiced an actual fire-drill.

In most cases, no-one ever really believes that ‘it’ will happen to them!  Unfortunately, in the case of work place fires, they most certainly do.  Every single member of staff should be well versed and trained in the correct procedure in order to deal confidently with any possible situation.

Although everyone assumes that panic is likely to be the first reaction to a fire alarm, in reality, it is far more likely that everyone will look around at each other and then shrug, assume it’s a false alarm and continue with their current activity simply because no one else is doing anything.  This is exactly why it is essential that your staff are well trained to the extent that their reactions can become automatic because lives are at risk in the event of a real catastrophe.

Here are ten pointers which should always be adhered to when training staff for a potential fire risk:

  1.  Fire training should be taken extremely seriously by every single person working at your business premises. 
  1. You, as an employer, are responsible for the safety of all of your staff and that includes making sure that they know exactly how to react in such an event.
  1. Every single alarm should be treated as if it were the real thing even if this means ending a phone call or meeting or escorting a customer from the premises.  This needs to be achieved politely and firmly and only practice can provide the level of confidence required to act instantly. 
  1. Although many organisations carry out their fire drills out of hours, it is far more important to rehearse during normal working hours and with real customers on the premises.  How can staff be expected to know how to behave if they have no experience of an actual evacuation?
  1. All staff must know where the emergency exits are and not be reticent about using a (fire) door which they would normally never utilise or even leaving their work station during work hours. 
  1. All staff should know where the allocated assembly points are and practise assembling there for a roll call.
  1. Signage to indicate the above must be kept up to date at all times and be clear and undamaged so that staff and visitors are sure of their movements.
  1. Responsible persons must be allocated and trained as fire wardens in order to help those who require direction, etc. and a plan for any less mobile persons should be common knowledge among staff and particularly the allocated fire warden. 
  1. The fire warden should be trained to do regular safety checks to ensure that access is kept clear, fire doors are accessible, signage is in all in order and extinguishers are in place and functional.
  1. Fire drills should be practised regularly and at random times during the day to ensure that all circumstances are covered. 

If your fire wardens are kept well trained, staff well informed, procedures clearly indicated and training well-rehearsed then you, as a business owner and employer, can feel confident that your staff will perform well in response to a fire alarm.

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