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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. It is possible for there to have never been a fire incident, but it is still important for people to receive such training since you cannot predict the future. Only those employees who have received fire safety training will know what to do when a fire occurs around them. It is normal for office equipment to be insured and thus replaceable when fires strike. But the loss of lives or injuries due to fire can cause you a great deal of liability. Insurance also pays out when it has been established that all precautions were in place, and the damage could not be avoided. It is difficult for you to know whether you have covered all bases. This is something for which you need a professional. There are many fire safety professionals you can consult for such 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. You need also to check if it allows for all employees to get out in time, and not feel constrained enough to panic and lead to injuries and stampedes.

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 on the day fire strikes, that calmness will not be present. People get scared, confused and panic, and may not even make it out in time. 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. No such thing can happen for people’s lives, which is the priority of fire safety measures.

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. It is therefore important to ensure that all fire safety measures are in place. You should also make sure your staff are aware of all fire safety procedures.

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