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What To Include in Your Fire Safety Training: A Complete Guide

by Jackie Berens

Educating your employees on proper fire safety protocols is essential to ensure their workplace safety. In order to keep them safe from harm, they need to know what steps to take in the event of a fire — and no, ‘fricken large ones’ is not correct. In an effort to help guide your fire safety training endeavors, we’ve put together a few tips to improve your employees’ education surrounding building fire safety.

Start with the necessary information.What To Include in Your Fire Safety Training: A Complete Guide

We think it’s safe to say that most employees do not want to sit through a 3-hour long fire and life safety training. To start, ensure you’re touching on all the ‘need to know’ topics of fire safety. As you dive deeper into fire safety training, you can go over additional topics that may not be as urgent. Urgent topics to review and discuss should include:

  • Types of fires that occur in the workplace
  • How to extinguish the different types of fires that may occur
  • Major causes of fire accidents in the workplace
  • The exits available to employees in case of emergency

Other information regarding fire safety can be included as additional resources. 

First, it’s important to ensure your fire and life safety training is compatible with various devices. Giving employees access to the training on the device of their choice will ensure they complete the training without the headache of trying to navigate a different device! 

Another way to ensure employees remain engaged in the content you’re providing is to use various types of content. Utilizing text, images, and audio helps communicate with all employees in a way that keeps them engaged in the content. 

Implement activity-based learning 

Combining your assessments with activities helps reinforce the content your employees are learning. For example, you can offer simulations or other interactive assessments that make the learning feel more casual while they learn how to operate a fire extinguisher. 

Make sure your employees know the various hazards in your workplace. 

Cooking Equipment

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) claims that the main cause of fires in office buildings is cooking equipment. Office and commercial buildings typically have cooking equipment. Whether there is a mass amount of equipment or one small kitchen for employees, there are safety measures that should be taken. A few of these safety measures include:

Clean Grease Often 

The office kitchen isn’t known for being the cleanest place to cook food, and grease build-up will cause fires to spread quickly.

Ensure all equipment is maintained regularly 

Old equipment increases fire risk and puts employees and the building property at risk. There are specific commercial kitchen requirements that may apply to an in-office kitchen. The precautions with gas-fired appliances include that they must be installed by professionals, oil with gasoline is not allowed, and only specific locations within the building can contain gas-fired appliances. 

Maintain Fire Suppression Systems

Suppression systems are essential in your building. They can save your small kitchen fire from spreading to the rest of your building and putting your employees at risk. Maintaining these suppression systems is essential to the safety of your building. 

Electricals

Electrical fires are common and complex and preventing them can be tricky. Some of the common precautions that should be performed routinely are checking for corroded wiring, keeping a clear space around electrical units, and preventing a circuit overload. The same precautions should be taken with heating equipment. 

Liquid Flammables

Liquid flammables are dangerous and require special precautions. Fires are multifaceted, and stopping the flames can still fail to extinguish the hazard fully. Liquid flammables can expand into the air, which is almost impossible to contain. 

Fire protection products like foam agents can dispel flammable vapors to portable equipment including fire hoses and dry chemical agents. 

Cleaning chemicals are flammable, and should always be stored in an airtight container. The traditional plastic containers that cleaning supplies come in are not enough to protect against hot flames. Buying containers that are made of glass or metal can help. 

COVID-19 has significantly increased the amount of alcohol-based hand sanitizer stored in buildings. If a company purchases gallons of hand sanitizer, they can split up the bulk into smaller amounts of flammable liquids. 

The National Fire Protection Association says the acceptable amount in each container is, “1.2 liters for dispensers in rooms, corridors, and areas open to corridors,” and 18 oz for aerosols. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claims that the likelihood that hand sanitizer combusts is low, but not impossible. The best way to prevent this is to separate the liquid into smaller containers and store them at a low room temperature. 

Smoking Areas

Depending on the type of work, a non-smoking environment can prevent fatal fires. Fire danger increases in the presence of welding and sparks. The flammable air vapor that can surround liquid flammables will combust if met with a spark from machines of smoke. This is true for all forms of smoking including vaping. 

At VFS, your building’s safety is our top priority. With over 25 years of experience, our fire and life safety experts ensure your building remains safe from harm. The equipment we install, inspect, and maintain is only one component of your fire and life safety initiatives. The other aspect includes employee training. Your employees need education on what to do in case of an emergency. 

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What To Include in Your Fire Safety Training: A Complete Guide
What To Include in Your Fire Safety Training: A Complete Guide