Why Commercial Builders Should Undergo Fire Training

Fire safety in the construction site is an issue commercial builders face in their construction sites as a result of the storage of building materials, accumulation of dust, and use of equipment that could possibly produce sparks. Because of this, fire training courses for construction fire can help employees keep their workplace safe.

Fire safety training teaches your staff how to prevent fires. If your staff are aware of the best ways to prevent fires, they can contribute significantly to a safer workplace.

Fire safety can’t be neglected, particularly fire safety on construction sites. The risk of injury and even death from a construction site fire is very serious and nothing should get in the way of providing an adequately safe working environment for each and every employee.

There is a number of work activities on construction sites that have the potential to set off fires. If a fire does happen everyone on the site could be in danger. This is why it’s so important to make sure that proper equipment are installed, fire safety guidelines are followed and fire training is provided for all employees.

The most apparent fire defense for commercial builders, besides planning, prevention, and preparation, is fire extinguisher training and fire evacuation drill.

Through fire safety training, staff’s learn:

  • The site’s emergency plan
  • Their role in the emergency plan
  • The best way to activate the fire alarm
  • To leave the area immediately
  • Where designated evacuation areas are located outside the building
  • What to do if they encounter fire or smoke when exiting
  • How to fight a small fire with a fire extinguisher

Fire Evacuation Drill

 

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Staff and employers need to take fire drills seriously and learn from them to enhance response. Through fire evacuation drill, mistakes in the emergency plan can be revealed and those faults can then be addressed. Training likewise builds confidence and helps keep everyone calm in the event of a real fire. It is also a legal requirement that you practice a fire evacuation drill annually as part of your training.

Fire Extinguisher Training

 

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Almost all workplaces have fire extinguishers. Fire extinguishers can only put out small, contained fires. Most fire extinguishers in other workplaces may or may not be suitable for dealing with grease or electrical fires. Employees need to know that there are different types of fires and not all extinguishers will work on them. If the wrong fire extinguisher is used, it could actually aggravate the fire. Employees which have not received training in the proper use of fire extinguishers should not attempt to fight a fire.

Common classes of Fire Extinguishers

 

  • Class A extinguishers are designed to combat common fires
  • Class B is used for fuel related fires
  • Class E can work for electrical fires
  • Class F extinguishers can work on oil or grease-related fires

Fire Experts will be able to inform you as to which fire extinguishers might be required in certain areas of your construction site and ensure you remain compliant with current legal obligations.

Your staff needs to undergo fire training when they start working for you and give constant refresher training. Providing them with fire training can reduce the chances of workplace incidents and injuries. As an employer, you have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of any person in the workplace in the event of a fire or other emergency.