Archive for July, 2016

Should we tell our staff we are going to have a fire drill?

Fire drill advice

This fire drill question was asked at a fire training course in London we held recently. One attendee had noticed the difference in published information. Details that differ in British Standard and government guidance booklets.

British Standards states:

“Test evacuations should be notified only to those persons who have designated responsibilities, to make the evacuations as realistic as possible”.

All of the government guidance booklets (premises specific) detail the following:

“The health and safety risks of surprise drills may outweigh the benefits gained”

Which organisation is right? British Standards or the Government!  Responsible persons should note both British Standards and government guidance booklets are advice and not law.

Fire service advice?

Many fire services take the view that notice should be given to all staff before a fire drill. Here is why:

  • Government guidance suggests that you should.
  • There may be safety issues of not telling staff.
  • There may be a better response and evacuation when the alarm sounds for a real fire
  • It allows sufficient time to brief fire drill observers and to provide them with instructions on what to look for (government guidance good practice).
  • Allows a manager to select a member of staff to operate the fire alarm call point with a test key. This action will determine staff knowledge of fire alarm call point positions and other fire safety measures.
  • Staff and visitors can secure valuables prior to the fire drill.
  • Ensure staff can secure any equipment and important data before the fire drill.
  • Provide for better staff and organisation  planning

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What does a fire warden and fire marshal do all day?

So, what does a fire warden and fire marshal do all day?

We were asked this question at a recent fire warden course! So, we asked the fire training course attendees what they thought and these are their answers:

  • They did their normal day job!
  • They would do a check of the area they work for hazards and availability of escape routes.
  • Checking that fire escape routes and fire exit doors are available and open.
  • Looking for problems and issues that might start a fire or hinder staff evacuation.
  • Checking fire safety measures such as fire alarm call points, fire extinguishers and fire doors in the building are not obstructed or interfered with.
  • Talking through fire safety issues to new persons and new starters in their area.
  • Making sure that the emergency lighting worked and fire alarm is heard when the building has its weekly test.
  • Taking part in fire drills as a fire warden or as an observer.
  • Carrying out there fire warden role and implementing the fire evacuation plan in the event of a fire alarm operating

We thought the course delegates produced the perfect fire marshal list and gave them an extra tea break! How do you think they did?

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Our fire training courses can be delivered at your workplace or at one of our venues. Your staff can also attend one of our open London courses and dates are advertised on our Fire Training London website. We can also provide a discount for large numbers of staff attending an open course.

All of regular and workplace specific courses are accredited and furthermore our attendees receive a training certificate. They also get online course materials that support the programme lessons.

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