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What Must My Employees Know About Fire Safety?

As an employer, you have a legal responsibility to ensure that your employees are aware of potential fire hazards in your place of work, how to avoid fire, and where to go if there is one. A fire safety company will be able to provide training for you and your employees, making sure that all members of the team are adequately protected and educated. 


What are the Specific Fire Risks?


As a responsible person, you need to be completing regular fire risk assessments for your premises. It’s essential that you relay any potential risks to your employees so that they are aware of any potential fire hazards; along with you, your employees can help reduce the risk of any fire-related damages or injuries.


Relevant risks to make employees aware of would be frequently used electronic appliances or the storage of flammable materials.


Where are the Nearest Fire Escapes?


All employees should be aware of their nearest fire exit in case of emergency, and the evacuation point. If any employees have issues with mobility or a disability, it’s essential to make sure that they have an accessible fire escape. Also important is the location of a meeting place where employees will group together after evacuating the building and where a name check will be conducted.


What are Their Responsibilities?


Employees have a responsibility to report potential hazards to the relevant people so that they can be resolved before they cause damage or harm. Additionally, if they find a fire, even a small one, and the alarm hasn’t sounded they must set off the alarm to alert everyone to leave the building and retreat to safety. 


Fire Extinguishers and How to Use Them


It’s really important as an employer to make sure that all of your employees know how to correctly use fire extinguishers, and which ones to use for each type of fire. For example, water extinguishers should never be used on electrical fires. For businesses, fire extinguisher rental or purchase are both available options; suppliers like EK Fire Protection can provide fire safety training along with supplying you with all of the necessary safety equipment that your business needs. In the event of a fire, correct fire extinguisher use is essential, so make sure that you and your employees are fully aware of different fire extinguishers and when to use them.


Ensuring a Safe Workplace


If you need help with training your employees in fire safety, EK Fire Protection is a fire safety company that could help you by providing basic fire training courses to your staff. This training includes how to use fire extinguishers and which one to use, understanding how fire spreads, and learning how to prevent fires. Employees being aware and educated about fire hazards and safety precautions is important, it could save lives, as well as company money. Contact EK Fire Protection today to find out about our whole range of products and services that help reduce the risks of fire.


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