Fire safety and awareness in the workplace is one of the most vital ways to help keep your employees safe in the unfortunate event of a fire. A fire risk assessment should always be carried out by a designated fire officer in your company, with a written record of it kept if your company happens to employ more than five people.
A number of things are taken into account during this risk assessment to ensure that it’s properly completed. These include: planning out emergency routes/exits, noting and checking fire alarms and warning systems, and ensuring that your workplace has the appropriate firefighting equipment on-site and readily accessible.
With proper fire awareness in the workplace, your company will have a valid fire safety and evacuation plan that can be undertaken the moment there is risk of a fire. In the event of a fire, thanks to the fire safety training you provide your employees, all of your employees should know exactly what to do, what their role is, and how to combat a small fire if it’s safe to or escape the building if it’s not.
Using your fire safety plan, your employees will know how to evacuate effectively and where the nearest meeting point is. It’s prudent to supply this information in most locations of your company’s building, particularly where large groups of your employees reside. With correct fire safety knowledge, you’ll be able to rest easy, knowing that all of your employees know exactly what to do during a fire drill.