A lack of preparation for fire emergencies can be costly to both human life and property. Therefore, an understanding of Evacuation Essentials is crucial.
According to the UK Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) in 2012/13 alone, there were:
- 1,826 fires in industrial processing premises, with 82 casualties.
- 5,671 fires in commercial/retail premises alone, of which 39% were in retail premises.
- 1,017 fires in health/hospital premises, with 32 casualties.
- 635 fires in schools – more than one a day.
Once a fire alarm sounds, there is a small window of opportunity for everyone to escape safely. During an emergency, rapid thinking is vital. Fire spreads quickly, so you need to know what to do in advance of a fire starting.
The Evacuation Essentials course details valuable instructions on how to evacuate a burning building and how to respond appropriately to a fire emergency. Users are advised of what action to take if they discover a fire, how to raise the alarm, contact security or the fire services and evacuate the building by the safest and most immediate route.
It is important that users are aware they should not linger to collect personal belongings. The course stresses that if you hear a fire alarm, you must always assume it is a genuine emergency and immediately begin to evacuate the building following the correct procedure.
If you delay, the risk of inhaling smoke and toxic fumes is increased and the chance of escaping safely is greatly reduced.
The Evacuation Essentials course explains what to do if you can’t leave the building and what action should be taken if individuals are in a smoke filled room. It is important to be aware of an organisation’s fire assembly point. On proceeding to the assembly point, all evacuees should stay there. Never return to the building until authorised personnel advise it is safe to do so.
To ensure you know what to do during an emergency evacuation, it is important to regularly practise evacuations. Regular practice allows you to become familiar with escape routes and also work out alternative routes if required.
Main sections in this Evacuation Essentials online training:
- Emergency Evacuation
- Final Test