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Who is responsible for using a fire extinguisher?

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Who is responsible for using a fire extinguisher?

Fire Safety is governed by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This legislation outlines the responsibilities for fire safety, focusing on the role of the ‘responsible person.’ But who exactly is responsible for using a fire extinguisher?

Understanding the 'Responsible Person'

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, the ‘responsible person‘ is tasked with ensuring fire safety measures are in place and properly maintained. This individual could be:

  • The Employer
  • The Owner
  • The occupier of the premises
 

One of the primary duties of the responsible person is to provide appropriate fire warden training to people within the organisation.

When should you use a fire extinguisher?

Using a fire extinguisher effectively can help contain or extinguish a small fire before it escalates. However, it is essential to assess the situations carefully and consider personal safety. Here are some guidelines:

Evaluate the fire:

Ensure the fire is small and contained. If the fire is significant or spreading rapidly, prioritise evacuation and alert the fire services. 

Understand the extinguisher

Familiarise yourself with the fire extinguisher’s type and it’s appropriate usage. Different fires require specific extinguishers. more information.

Position yourself correctly

Stand at a safe distance from the fire, keeping an escape route behind you. Ensure you have a clear path to exit in case the fire becomes more dangerous. 

Use the P.A.S.S technique

  • PULL the pin
  • AIM at the base of the fire
  • SQUEEZE the handle
  • SWEEP the noddle from size to side.

The importance of Fire Safety training

Fire Safety Training is crucial for the effective use of fire extinguishers. Employers have a legal duty to provide appropriate fire safety training to their employees:

  • Equip employees with essential knowledge
  • Hands on experience with fire extinguishers
  • Improve emergency response
  • Promote confidence and moral
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements. 

Proper Fire Extinguisher Usage

Fire extinguisher are valuable tools for combating small fires, but it is crucial to assess the situation, prioritise safety and have the best experience and knowledge. Employers play a vital role in ensuring employees receive proper fire safety training. By adhering to these standards, individuals and companies can enhance their fire safety and protect lives in the event of an emergency.

For more information about fire extinguishers and fire warden training call us on 01832 735874 or visit our contact page.

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