Fire safety training for employees is one of the most effective ways to minimise fire risk for a business. It helps to safeguard the best possible outcome should a fire event ever happen. That’s why it’s a legal requirement in the UK, for all businesses to ensure that employees receive adequate fire safety training. But it can be hard for business owners to know exactly what they should be covering in fire safety training. And that’s where it can make sense to involve a professional training partner, such as 1st Class Fire Protection.
In this post, we’re going to talk you through everything you need to know about fire safety training for your business – and how we can help you to deliver it.
A Guide to Fire Safety Training for the Workplace
Do I have to provide fire safety training for my employees?
Suitable for all staff members, this is a hands-on training session.
Fire extinguishers are your first line of defence against a small fire event escalating into something catastrophic. So, it’s not only vital that all employees know where all fire extinguishers are located, but what each fire extinguisher is for, and how to operate them.
In this session, we not only teach your team everything they need to know about fire extinguishers – the different types, where to use them, how to store them, and when to replace them. But provide the opportunity for practical application. Enabling attendees to use a fire extinguisher to put out a contained fire.
How long does each fire safety training session take?
At 1st Class Fire Protection, we have planned our training sessions usually take no more than half a day to a day depending on how many staff members take part. This enables us to deliver all the pertinent information, while ensuring the sessions remain light and engaging.
Where do 1st Class Fire Protection fire safety training sessions take place?
All of our training sessions can be conducted either at your place of work or at our training facility. We’re happy to work with you to find the best solution for your needs.
How often do I need to provide fire safety training for my team?
In the UK, you are obliged to provide employee fire safety training at least once a year. You also need to ensure that all new employees and visitors to your site receive basic fire safety training on the first day they enter your building.
Can I provide my own fire safety training?
Yes, and no. While it’s essential that you provide basic fire safety training to anyone using your business premises (it’s usually the role of the fire marshal to do so), official fire safety training can only be conducted by a qualified professional. Fire marshal training is almost always outsourced to a registered provider, such as 1st Class Fire Protection.
How do I know which fire safety training service to use?
When looking for a fire safety training provider, look for experience, accreditation, and customer reviews. At 1st Class Fire protection, we not only have more than 25 years knowledge and experience of fire safety training, but we work with all of the relevant industry governing bodies. Our engineers are BAFE, CHAS, and FIA approved. And, as you can see from the below testimonial, our customers speak for themselves!
“We used 1st Class Fire Protection for our fire risk assessment, fire warden/ extinguisher training, and the servicing of our fire alarm system/ emergency lighting. I cannot fault the service we have received for all of these aspects, and found the whole experience with them easy and professional. In addition, all employees I have had the pleasure of meeting so far have been extremely knowledgeable and helpful. We look forward to working with them for years to come!”
Kim Baston, August 12th 2023
Employee fire safety training is integral for all UK businesses. It helps you to keep your employees and customers safe, and your business protected. That’s why finding the right training partner to work with is so vitally important.
1st Class Fire Protection is an industry-leading fire protection company. Serving customers throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, and the surrounding areas. Our highly experienced team can support your business with fire safety training. Get in touch to find out more today.