When you work in an educational setting with children, it goes without saying that you have a duty of care for the little ones you look after. To ensure that you are doing all you can to protect the health and wellbeing of the children in your care, it is likely that your employer will require you to undertake various training courses. Usually, a first aid course is one of the most important training courses to consider, however, there is another course that is often overlooked.
Nowadays, in crèches, pre-schools, primary schools and post-primary schools all members of staff can also undertake fire awareness training courses. These courses are designed to provide employees and management with the knowledge of how to act in the event of a fire. They also emphasise the danger of fire, the importance of prevention and the necessity of urgent action when a fire breaks out. So, if you’re wondering what the benefits of a fire safety awareness course are, keep reading today.
Protect staff, children and any visitors too
Ultimately, the biggest benefit of your team undertaking a fire awareness training course is that the knowledge learnt will help them to protect not only themselves but also the children in their care and any visitors too. With the help of this course, staff will be able to react quickly and confidently to any fire emergency they may find themselves in.
Prevent fires by recognising potential hazards
A huge part of a fire awareness training course is learning how to identify fire hazards in the workplace. Of course, this is undeniably beneficial in itself and being able to prevent fires by recognising potential hazards is a skill all staff members should have. With this course and the use of regular fire risk assessments, hopefully, you will never need to use the other skills learnt.
Help to stop small incidents becoming serious problems
It is fair to say that simply knowing how to prevent small incidents from turning into serious problems is incredibly beneficial, especially in educational settings. Once you have undertaken fire safety training, you will be aware of all of the things you can do to prevent a small fire from spreading and potentially injuring others on the premises.
Safely use the correct fire extinguisher
Not many people are aware of which fire extinguishers should be used for the type of fire they’re facing, let alone how to use a fire extinguisher. Thankfully, a fire awareness training course will ensure that you’re able to confidently select and use the appropriate firefighting equipment no matter what emergency situation you may find yourself in whilst at work.
Correctly follow all evacuation procedures
All workplaces have an evacuation procedure and it is surprising how many employees aren’t unaware of what this procedure is. When all members of staff undertake a fire awareness training course, they will know exactly what the evacuation procedure is and this will, in turn, prevent any confusion or delay in the event of an emergency.
Prevent mistakes being made due to panicking
Of course, when you find yourself in an emergency, many will automatically panic. However, when you’re in charge of looking after lots of children and getting them to safety, it goes without saying that you don’t have time to panic. Your fire awareness training course will help to prevent this panic and any mistakes that it may go on to cause.
Booking a fire awareness training course
All in all, there is no denying that it is incredibly beneficial to ensure that all employees and management in an educational setting have undertaken a fire awareness training course. The knowledge and skills learnt during a course of this kind are invaluable and whilst you will wish that you never require these, knowing that you’re fully prepared in an emergency situation will provide you with complete peace of mind.
If you’re interested in booking a fire awareness training course, please visit the Phoenix STS website today. We can provide you with a range of onsite fire safety courses and online fire safety courses, so you will easily be able to find a training course that can meet your needs. You can trust that all of our courses will be carried out by trained and experienced professionals and that they are always conducted in accordance with relevant regulations too. So, don’t hesitate to contact us today to arrange your course.