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Revealed: The only way to minimise damage to the building if a fire breaks out!

by , 30 May 2013
A hospital's usually seen as a place of safety. But earlier this week, over 100 patients had to be evacuated from the Dihlabeng Hospital in the Free State when a fire broke out. Luckily, the evacuation went well with no injured and no serious damage to the building. Here's what to do to ensure there's minimal damage to the building once your employees are safely evacuated if a fire breaks out in your workplace...

 
A fire broke out in the kitchen of the Dihlabeng Regional Hospital in the Free State this week, says EyeWitnessNews.
 
Over 100 patients were moved from the fourth floor to the casualty ward as a result of the fire, with no injuries or smoke inhalation.
 
While the fire originated in the hospital's kitchen, only kitchen equipment was damaged – there was no structural damage, says AllAfrica.
 
As a fire can break out anytime, anywhere, you need to make sure your employees know how to safety evacuate your building.
 
Here's how to make sure your employees are safely evacuated from the building in an emergency situation…
 
To do so, they have to know your evacuation plan well enough to evacuate the building safely if a fire breaks out, says FSPBusiness
 
That's why you need to make sure there's a map or diagram of all the emergency evacuation routes and assembly points put up in key places around the building, to evacuate the building as fast as possible.
 
Once your employees are safely evacuated, fire fighters can focus on containing the fire to minimise damage to the building
 
Then, to make sure the fire is contained quickly to minimise damage to the building, you need to make sure you've appointed fire fighters and put them through suitable training in fire protection, prevention and fighting.
 
Because fire is one of the most common hazards that causes property damage and loss in business productivity and profits, explains Miriro Matema, Managing Editor of the Health and Safety Training Manual on FSP Business.
 
To ensure your fire fighters can do their job properly, you need to make sure you've included a map or diagram of all emergency equipment on your notice boards and in their training, so that they know where to find fire extinguishers, first aid boxes and any other emergency equipment, says the Health and Safety Training Manual.
 
Lastly, the Occupational Health and Safety Act says your fire fighters need to ensure that all fire fighting equipment is in good working condition, says FSPBusiness.
 
In making the job easier for your fire fighters, you'll be less likely to sustain serious damage to your property if a fire breaks out on your premises, as your fire fighters will know exactly what to focus on once employees have been safely evacuated.

Make sure you're prepared for a fire in your company by ensuring you have an emergency preparedness  and response plan.  Turn to chapter E02 of your Health and Safety Training Manual to find out what to include in your  emergency preparedness  and response plan.
 

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