The Importance of Fire Safety Training
All persons need to know about fire safety because fire accidents by their nature can happen at any time. No matter how less the likelihood of s fire occurring, you still need to have the necessary training just in case it does. When your staff members are well trained in fire safety, they shall manage any risks that occur with the least harm to any of them. Office equipment is usually insured, and will thus be replaced. But the loss of lives or injuries due to fire can cause you a great deal of liability. You will also get the insurance compensation after they ascertain whether you had taken all measures possible to prevent such an occurrence. You cannot say for sure just by yourself whether you have all bases covered. You will need to call in professionals for such work. You will find plenty of them when you need their services.
It is important to seriously take the advice they give you. Most of the time, people take their opinion as criticism, when they only point out the problem areas. They do not realize that their focus on other areas of the business may have led to neglect on the side of fire safety measures.
When you have all the fire extinguishers in place, you will have to move on to other areas. The next thing should be to check if the fire escape channels are clearly marked. The pathways need to be large enough to let everyone out in time, and not cause them to panic and get injured while trying to.
The importance of having all escape routes marked cannot be stressed too much. On normal days, people find it easy to move about and to vacate the building. But you cannot expect the same rationality when a fire strikes. The uncertainty and risk involved usually make people unable to remain calm and rational. There are those who may attempt saving their work files of valuables. Fire safety rules clearly state that it is human lives that matter, not your work files. You will be encouraged to make digital backup files and have them stored offsite, so that nobody bothers with trying to rescue hard copies. There can never be a backup of your life elsewhere.
The fire safety professionals will use hypothetical scenarios as examples. This does not however diminish their likelihood of occurrence. They should in fact help you realize the importance of doing something about it. You need to therefore see to it that all fire safety measures are in order. You also need to ensure that all your staff members are adequately trained on fire prevention and handling procedures.