In the workplace, it is very important to train employees in fire safety and aslo in the home there should always be at least one person who holds a position of responsibilty for all fire evacuation processes. This includes ensuring that all fire exits are accessible and all extinguishers, alarms and safety equipment are serviced regularly and will perform in an emergency. They will have to buy fire extinguisher parts and appropriate signage in accordance with safety regulations.
When you have chosen suitable candidates for the fire marshal position they will need to undergo some fire safety training with a qualified instructor / firefighter. This can be carried out on your own premises or at a special centre set up for mock - fire emergency situations. This may include a role play in which you must extinguish a fire or assess the priority of rescuing casualties from a burning room or car.
The testing of fire alarms in the workplace and at home is very important and should be carried out on a regular basis and a logbook kept of the date and time of each test. Periodically you should perform a full fire drill for everyone on your premises to evacuate the building and recorda list of attendees. This is why it is so important that businesses such as offices, hotels etc keep a guest book to record everyone on the premises and highlight any missing visors in an emergency situation.
So, once you have all the practice under your belt... how do you react in a real fire emergency?
The main thing to remember is to remain as calm as possible. If the leader of the team is visibly flustered it will reflect throughout everyone. The best way to evacuate the building is to walk in an orderly fashion. It is important that there are no further accidents on the way out of the building! Once you are happy that everyone is safely out of the building you should check a register or the guestbook entries.
If on your way out of the building and you are required to use a fire extinguisher, ensure that you are using the right fire extinguisher for the type of fire you face. There are different types depending on the kind of fire, the foam fire extinguisher is probably most commonly used.