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Who to call when an employee yells 'FIRE!'

by , 18 August 2014
When a fire breaks out in your company, you know you need to call the fire department A.S.A.P. But they can take ages to get to your workplace and it may be too late by the time they do.

That's why you have to have employees you can call on in this situation. Employees who will step in and try put out or at least control the fire.

Doing this can be the difference between minor and MAJOR damage to your company. So when someone yells 'fire', ensure you call on these employees...

 

Call on these employees when there's a fire in your workplace

 
Fighting a fire is a dangerous and difficult task. Even if you have fire-fighting training, you still can't do it on your own. That's why you need your employees' assistance. 
That's why you must appoint:
- A fire emergency supervisor to take charge if you can't put out a fire immediately. This person will decide if evacuation is necessary.
 
He'll issue the necessary instructions for containing the fire until the fire department arrives.
 
- And train a fire team to assist the fire emergency supervisor carry out instructions. 
 
Appoint the fire team from staff members who are willing to take on this additional duty. 
Just remember, you can't only appoint and train these employees. You must train everyone.
 
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Don't forget to give all your employees training on what to do in case of a fire

 
Train all employees to use fire-fighting equipment such as portable fire extinguishers and fire hose reels effectively. Also ensure they know the evacuation procedures for when there's a fire. 
 
Verify the fire-fighting training service providers to ensure you have received high level and appropriate training for your employees.
 
This will help you and your appointed employees deal with a company fire, without worrying about what everyone else is doing.
 


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