Can you answer the following questions?

What type of extinguisher should you use on a computer fire?

How do you use a fire extinguisher?

Why should I not touch the discharge horn when using a CO2 extinguisher?

Why have fire extinguisher colours changed?

    What action should I take on:
  • Discovering a fire?
  • Hearing a fire alarm?

Why should fire doors never be jammed open?

How many extinguishers should there be in our workplace?

If a fire started in your workplace, would you know what to do?

No?!

With the introduction of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2012, employers are responsible for ensuring that staff are trained in the correct use of fire equipment and evacuation procedures.

The correct action by an employee in the event of fire is seldom a topic of conversation. But, the result of poorly trained staff can be potentially disastrous!

A workforce who are trained to use fire fighting equipment and who can tackle a fire in the early stages may prevent a small fire developing into a large fire with obvious disastrous consequences to: production, employment, cash-flow and even more importantly, to the loss of life!

Ideally, of course, preventing a fire starting in the first place should be the main objective and again employees who are trained to identify fire hazards in the workplace will be a big asset to the company. Statistically, 70% of all businesses which have been involved with major fires either do not re-open or subsequently fail within 3 years of the fires. (Source: Home Office statistics).

Statistics reveal that over 80% of fires are extinguished by ordinary people who have been trained in the use of fire extinguishers - highlighting the essential need for fire safety training! (Fire Industry statistics).

As well as getting valuable hands-on experience in actually discharging an extinguisher, general fire safety training will also cover important topics such as how and why fires spread.

Fire Training Courses

Each training session of approximately 2 hours duration is for a maximum of 10 students per session and comprises the following:-

    Lecture
  • Understanding fire
  • triangle of combustion
  • process of fire
  • progress of fire
  • spread of fire
  • extinguishing fire
  • main causes of fire
  • plan of action
  • response to alarm
  • evacuation procedures
  • familiarity of extinguishers
  • colour coding and types

Types of extinguishers on site and their application.

Outdoor demonstration and use of extinguishers. Practical operation by staff.

Conclusion
Questions and recapitulation.

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