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There's a fire in your building... now what?

by , 13 September 2013
Last week's fire that destroyed a pharmaceutical factory in Olifantsfontein got me thinking...does your fire fighter actually know what to do when a fire strikes?

Dear Reader

There's a fire in your building… now what?

Last week's fire that destroyed a pharmaceutical factory in Olifantsfontein got me thinking, have you appointed a fire fighter in your workplace? And does your fire fighter actually know what to do when a fire strikes? Read on for a list of 12 tasks that your fire fighter must do if a fire breaks out in your building.

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12 Tasks your fire fighter needs to do if a fire breaks out
  1. Go to the scene of the incident.
  2. Close all doors and windows and make sure you switch off all the electricity, except lights.
  3. Switch off all your air conditioning, gas and fuel pipelines.
  4. Direct any fire fighting as necessary.
  5. Account for and rescue your staff.
  6. Inform the emergency controller of fire status and developments.
  7. Request assistance as required through the emergency controller.

Keep reading for the last five important tasks.

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12 Tasks your fire fighter needs to do if a fire breaks out…continued
  1. Hand over his fire fighting duties to the fire department when they arrive, provide support, and fire information to the fire officer in charge.
  2. Direct staff who he doesn't need for specific duties to evacuate.
  3. Let the emergency controller or fire officer know when the fire is out.
  4. Advise the emergency controller when it's safe for staff to re-enter the building.
  5. Make sure he sends your fire equipment for recharge and properly replace it on site.

Don't let your employees get caught in a burning building and not know how to respond! By law you have to have emergency evacuation procedures in place. Go and check NOW that yours is completed and your emergency teams are ready for anything. If you have any questions, why not join our Health and Safety Club site to get your answers.


Stay safe,


Louise Harty
Senior Product Manager: Health & Safety

PS – Did you know you should formally appoint your emergency evacuation team. Watch out for your next Health and Safety update for a sample of these appointment letters. Don't have a Health and Safety Advisor?

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