Fire can and does kill. From injuries, burns to financial loss through damage, fire safety should be top of your priorities.
Construction sites are high-risk areas for a number of reasons. From working with flammable materials, to being in environments that fire can spready easily and working in spaces were escape may be difficult fire safety training is crucial.
The majority of work places have various levels of fire risks at their premises that need assessed and backed up with adequate training.
Upcoming Fire Safety Events
These are included but not limited to;
- Being alert to any issues with general fire precautions in their work area.
- Providing advice or suggestions to the employer’s risk assessment based on your knowledge and experience.
- Knowing how to react to a fire emergency situation in their work area.
- Having a good knowledge of the escape routes in their work area.
- Knowing how to raise a fire alarm.
- Knowing when and how to call the emergency services.
- Helping to guide their colleagues towards safe fire escapes.
- Advising management or the emergency services immediately if there are any people unable to exit the building, and ensuring that this is given priority.
- Ensuring that those with disabilities, or other colleagues who require help, receive assistance to escape.
- When at the assembly point, ensuring that those from their work area do not return until it is safe to do so.
- Carrying out fire drills.
In Northern Ireland the Fire Safety Regulations 2010
Depending on your line of work, substances can vary. These range from the obvious, eg flammable chemicals, petrol, cellulose paint thinners and welding gases, to the less obvious – engine oil, grease, packaging materials, dusts from wood, flour and sugar.