Responsible and ethical business leaders always put safety ahead of all issues in the workplace. Accordingly, businesses must be prepared to address emergencies, should they occur, by planning for all contingencies. Disasters like fires require all employees and guests to exit the business complex with as few incidences as possible. A failure to properly evacuate a burning building can result in serious injury or death. This means businesses must hold training sessions on fire awareness and emergency response.
The first goal in promoting fire awareness training is to actually prevent a fire from occurring. By practicing fire safety in the work environment, whether in an office or an industrial park, the risk of starting a fire with careless mistakes can be minimized. In cases where a fire is started, knowing how to put a small fire out, instead of running away and allowing it to spread, can save property, money, and lives. On the other hand, knowing when a fire is out of control is just as important when it comes to saving lives.
The second goal in fire awareness training is to guarantee human, and potentially animal, costs are negligent. This dictates the need to ensure all workers and visitors make it safely out of the building. Where dangerous chemicals or equipment could result in even greater loss of life, it may also be up to certain employees to take on risk in order to prevent a greater catastrophe. For most individuals, however, knowing how and when to leave is the primary concern. At the same time, everyone is responsible for helping those who cannot evacuate on their own.
The third goal is to help firefighters by knowing whether or not someone is trapped inside the building. When rescue workers arrive on the scene of a fire, one of their first priorities is to get to areas where people need assistance. If employees outside of the building can provide a record on those who were in the building, where they were, who is safe, and who is missing, rescuers can better assess the situation. Detailed information on the current conditions of the workplace is also important to help prioritize response efforts.
An emergency preparedness training course in fire safety as part of a broader push for disaster preparation is a must for each and every workplace. Avoiding fires in the first place and being prepared to deal with them when they do occur is extremely important to saving lives as well as recovery efforts. Ensuring employees are aware of what is expected during such a situation can help reduce risk and decrease the costs associated with a fire. Moreover, fires are very damaging and dangerous, so employers must be prepared to prevent them and address the fallout of a fire.