Course Outline - Workplace Fire Safety
Keeping the interest of staff members during safety training can be a challenge - especially when you are reviewing information which employees have received in the past. Involving employees in the program is a good way to maintain their interest while increasing their knowledge level on fire safety. Also try limiting the program to under 60 minutes in length.
Review your facility's Emergency Response Plan
Make sure all employees have a copy of your facility’s written emergency response plan. Review the procedures as a group and make sure that they are clear to everyone.
View the video: FIRE...IN THE WORKPLACE.
The main points of the video include: Fire statistics - why the United States has a fire rate significantly higher than other industrialized countries. Main causes of fire in the workplace - electrical 39%, arson 21%, smoking 14% Prevention techniques for the aforementioned common causes. Employee response to a fire in the workplace - dangers of smoke, using fire extinguishers, alarm reporting, those individuals needing assistance to evacuate.
Discuss what to do if a fire is discovered
Review the actions to be taken if an employee discovers a fire. Remember to stress the importance of 1) alerting others in the building to begin evacuation, 2) calling 9-1-1 as quickly as possible (even if your alarm system is monitored), and 3) closing all doors as you evacuate.
Discuss your building's fire & life safety systems
Does everyone know what and where they are, and how they work? Which of the following does your building have and what is their importance in a fire.
manual pu elevators stairwells
alarm system sprinklers
Identify workplace fire hazards
What can you identify and what precautions should be taken?
Hold a fire drill
Hold a fire drill at the conclusion of your program to practice your building escape plan. Providing treats as an incentive may help raise interest.