Fire Safety Training

Legislation requires that all employees receive suitable and sufficient instruction and training on the actions to be taken in order to safeguard themselves and others in the event of fire. Staff should know the location of the fire extinguishers in their workplace and how to operate them. Anyone working in an area such as a kitchen, where a fire is more likely to occur, should receive additional practical training in the use of the extinguishers provided.

Good practice

Before starting to fight even the smallest fire, ensure that the alarm has been raised and the fire procedure activated. Take up a position where access to the fire is unrestricted but where a quick and safe retreat is possible, near an exit or if outside upwind of the fire. Make sure that a fire is completely extinguished and not smouldering or liable to re-ignite if left alone.


Fire spreads rapidly so a speedy attack is essential. If anyone is nearby ensure they raise the alarm and then give you assistance. Extinguishers are only for dealing with small fires, if you have to withdraw and if possible close doors and windows behind you.

Do not fight a fire if:

It is dangerous to do so

Your escape route may be cut off by the fire or smoke

The fire continues to grow despite your efforts

There are gas cylinders in the vincinity

Gas is burning from an open pipe or cylinder valve

A metal such as magnesium may be involved

Leave these dangerous fires to the Fire Brigade