In conjunction with our First Aid Training hints and tips, we would like to offer you similar with some do’s and don’ts with regards your fire safety and over the coming days and weeks we aim to offer many of the basics that are sometimes ommitted and left to chance! If you have any questions on what we have mentioned on this or any of the other points raised over the next few weeks please give us a call.
Which Fire Extinguisher Should I install or Use?
It can be quite confusing at times, just which Fire Extinguisher is the correct one to install in a specific place! Many different suppliers will try and sell you this type and that type dependant on a number of variables but which extinguishing media does what?
Now some suppliers will advise that a Dry Powder Extinguisher is a great option as it is suitable on Class A, B & C fires so almost a ‘one solution fits all’ mentality. Where another company might advise a water fire extinguisher for Class A fires and a CO2 extinguisher to deal with the electrical fire should it occur! When recommending the Dry Powder extinguisher as a one fits all alternative, you are seldom warned of the cost incurred when purchasing the Dry Powder variant! Undoubtedly, they are exceptional Fire Extinguishers and do exactly what they are designed to do but they are also extremely messy, can be corrosive and as already stated, very pricey! So, if you are at all unsure about which extinguishers you might need, just and contact a reputable fire safety company for some impartial advice. We don’t sell extinguishers but we do do advice!! We can also help you with all of your training needs, including Fire Warden Training and First Aid Training
Live Fire Training, is it Beneficial?
On many occasions we are asked if there are any benefits to staff members having ‘live’ fire training included during their annual fire training? What many companies say is that they encourage their staff to exit the building and not to attempt to tackle any fires because this is the safest option! Whilst we would agree that this is a safe option to take, our argument to this is that a small fire, waste paper bin size, would be safe to extinguish given the correct amount and level of training and potentially prevent this small fire increasing in size to a fully developed fire. So to conclude, whilst it is not mandated to have live fire training on courses such as Fire Warden Training, it should be highly recommended and something that all staff should be aware of. You have extinguishers in the work place, why would you not want to know how to use them?!!