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In his latest blog post, Health and Safety Consultant Ross Glover, explains how Fire training is probably the most vital training anyone could benefit from.

18 July 2022

In his latest blog post, Health and Safety Consultant Ross Glover, explains how Fire training is probably the most vital training anyone could benefit from…

Fire training could save your life and that of your loved ones. It is a vital subject that is not only important for work; it can also be taken home to help protect your whole family.

Smoke alarms are literally life savers. But they are only effective if they have batteries in.

All smoke alarms should be tested at home, as well as at work.

o Work Weekly tests by a trained member of staff and must be recorded
o Work Annual tests by an approved engineer
o Home Monthly – Being set off by cooking should not count

It is also a great idea to put in place an emergency exit plan together for your home and workplace that is communicated to all.

Fire drills should be carried out at least every six months – both at work and in your own home.

Get your colleagues and family used to what actions are required in an emergency and if one ever occurs, you will be far less likely to panic and make ill-thought-out decisions and will be able to cope with the scenario more effectively, calmly, and safely.

In most fires, it is the smoke that kills. This is why it is important to train families and especially children to get below smoke should it be in the bedroom/building and crawl out to safety if necessary where less smoke gathers.

The fire triangle is the three items required for a fire: fuel, oxygen, and a source of heat/ignition.

Classes of fire:

o Class A Wood – Paper – Carbon material
o Class B Fuel
o Class C Gas
o Class D Metal
o Class F Fat
o Electrical does not have a class

Types of fire extinguishers, relevant colour bands and fire which can be used on:

o Water Red Band Class A
o Foam Cream Band Class A & B
o P50 Foam. Cream P50 No. Class A & B & Electrical up to 1000v >2m
o Dry Powder Blue Band Class A & B & C & Electrical
o CO2 Black Band Class B & Electrical
o Wet Chemical Yellow Band Class F

Fire extinguishers must be checked every month by a trained member of staff and tested by an authorised engineer annually. P50 fire extinguishers must be checked by a trained member of staff on site.

Fire extinguishers must be exchanged at the following set periods:

o Water and Foam. Replaced every 5 years
o P50 Replaced every 10 years
o Dry powder Replaced every 10 years
o CO2 Replaced every 10 years

Emergency Light testing

o Work Monthly tests by a trained member of staff and must be recorded
o Work Annual tests by an approved engineer

Causes of fire

o Arson
o Faulty or misused electrical equipment
o Smoking materials
o Naked flames
o Mechanically generated heat or sparks
o Electrically generated heat or sparks
o Static electricity

Fire prevention

o Good housekeeping

Learn more about our training courses here.

About Ross

Ross spent most of his career – 25 years – in the RAF where Health and Safety (H&S) became an important part of his career.

Ross has worked in the UK, Germany, and Holland where he worked with NATO.
In addition, Ross did two tours of the Falkland Islands, and Northern Ireland and supported the conflict in Kuwait and Iraq.

Ross began his H&S career in 2004 when he became a Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner in August 2012.

Ross is now a Qualified trainer in Health & Safety and First Aid.

Since leaving the RAF, Ross has worked in a variety of business streams and locations.
In Libya, he was a seismic health and safety advisor, training locals about the need for H&S in the Sahara Desert.

He has completed tree work surrounding high-voltage power lines; specialised in flexible packaging and previously worked for Lincolnshire Council as an H&S adviser.

Ross has been a H&S consultant for Emprocom for four years.

He is an advanced driver and motorbike rider (IAM) and is a qualified examiner for the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) – for both cars and motorbikes

Ross enjoys sports including Aikido, and keeping fit.

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