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Do you know the answers to these top 2 fire safety questions?

by , 04 July 2013
Have you been buzzing with questions about fire safety? Rightly so! I'm sure you've heard in the news that many fires have sparked in workplaces over the last few weeks. So I thought I'd share these top two questions we've been asked about fire safety.

How many fire fighters should you have for your company size?
What does the OHS Act say about using the fire escape as a general entry and exit point?

Would you know how to answer them? Read on to find out the answers!

Dear Reader,
 
Have you been buzzing with questions about fire safety? Rightly so! I'm sure you've heard in the news that many fires have sparked in workplaces over the last few weeks. So I thought I'd share these top two questions we've been asked about fire safety. 
 
  1. How many fire fighters should you have for your company size?
  2. What does the OHS Act say about using the fire escape as a general entry and exit point?
 
Would you know how to answer them? Read on to find out the answers!
 
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How many fire fighters should you have for your company size?
 
There's no specific ratio like there is for first aiders. In line with your emergency plan, you should have at least one fire fighter per area/floor/department on each shift. This is the very bare minimum, and I strongly recommend you have at least two fire fighters per area/floor/department. Fire fighters should complete fire training, which should include the specific fire fighting principles related to specific risks in the area in which you've appointed them, i.e. gas fire, fire related to chemicals etc.
 
But what does the OSH Act say about using a fire escape for general access?

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What does the OHS Act say about using the fire escape as a general entry and exit point?
 
Using the fire escape as a general point of entry and exit isn't mentioned in the OHS Act. This section describes what the fire escape door should be made of, how it shouldn't be blocked and that your premises must have at least two exit points.
 
Our health and safety expert doesn't recommend that you use a fire escape for general access. Your fire escape should be used to exit the building in an emergency only. Many fire escape doors are designed to open outwards only. You can pull a lever on the door to get out of the building but you can't open the door from the outside to come in.

But what should you do if a fire breaks out in your office? Here's my suggestion, get a hold of the Fire Safety Training Kit. This useful tool will give you all you need to train your employees so that you don't end up in the news as another fire statistic!
 
Stay well…
 
Miriro Matema
Product Manager – Health and Safety Training Manual
 
P.S. Click here and make sure you know what you can do to protect your employees if your business bursts into flames

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