The time to think of how to best prevent and respond to an emergency is not during the actual event. Preparation is key. Employee fire safety training and response – which should include a fire prevention plan and an emergency action plan – is a powerful defense against fire threats and can mean the difference between a localized fire and an uncontrolled blaze.
Workplace Fire Prevention Plan
In addition to basic fire safety training and an action plan, hands-on training can provide a better understanding of fighting fires. Employees should be familiar with identifying types of fires and proper techniques for fighting each type of fire, personal protective equipment, fire evacuation routes and actual training in using a fire extinguisher.
A basic workplace fire prevention plan should include:
- A list of all major fire hazards, proper handling and storage procedures for hazardous materials and potential ignition sources
- Procedures to control the accumulation of flammable and combustible waste material
- Procedures for regular maintenance of safeguards installed on heat-producing equipment
- Names or job titles of employees responsible for maintaining equipment
Fire Emergency Action Plan
A well-developed emergency action plan should provide employees with basic training on what to do in the event of a fire. Employers should review the emergency action plan:
- When the plan is developed
- When the employee’s responsibilities or designated actions under the plan change
- Whenever the plan changes
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