It is very important to have health and safety take priority in the workplace. Most deaths and injuries from fires are the result of people not knowing the proper fire safety and exit strategies to follow. It is up to every employer to ensure that their employees are equipped with the proper knowledge and training to face any emergency, especially a fire in the workplace. No one ever expects a fire to happen in the workplace, yet between 70,000 and 80,000 workplace fires are recorded each year in the United States .
One of the most important courses or classes that you can ever offer your employees is that of fire safety training. It is not enough to practice building fire safety, or merely checking your fire systems - you must ensure that your employees can handle themselves in a worst case scenario. Studies have shown that companies who offer fire safety training suffer fewer injuries and fatalities than companies who forgo such training. Studies have also shown that employers who have a fire safety plan in place experience less property loss during a fire. This is especially true for offices and factories that have a high risk for fires, as well as those located in high rise buildings. Fire safety training typically includes a thorough explanation or demonstration of the following:
- Exit routes and how to use emergency exit devices
- The assistance of any disabled employees during an emergency
- The use of any emergency equipment located on the premises
- Fire prevention methods
- Company policy on designated smoking areas
- Who to report to following a disaster at the workplace
Most workplace fires could have been prevented, so fire safety training will also educate your employees on fire prevention and protective methods they can use to reduce the risk of a fire.
You should also beware that commercial properties are subject routine fire safety inspections throughout the year. You should be checking your fire systems on a regular basis to ensure they are in peak operating condition, not only for your employees' and your safety, but also to ensure that you pass your fire safety inspections with ease. For more information on fire safety, and to purchase everything you need to equip your workplace with the necessary safety equipment, contact Fire Extinguisher Sales & Service today!