Through endless fire drills, fire alarm tests and fire extinguisher inspections, so many factories go through the motions of what to do and how to react if a fire was to break out in our places of work, but so few of us think that it’s ever going to happen.
That being said, when to the less-fortunate factories do find themselves in this position where a fire has broken out, it’s incredible to think just how many people have been going through the motions of the drills, rather than paying attention.
To help clear up any misconceptions, and to help reaffirm what you should already know already, here are the four steps you should take if you ever find yourself in a factory in which a fire breaks out.
Signal the Alarm
The absolute first thing anybody should do is signal the fire alarm the moment they notice a fire has broken out. This, of course, will alert everybody in the building to get to the designated safe location.
The earlier you can sound the alarm, the more chance everyone has of getting out of the building safely. This needs to be a priority, which is why it’s so important to make sure these devices are working all the time.
Walk Outside Orderly
When the alarm sounds, people can immediately get into a mindset where they panic, even if they’ve been told time and time again not to. This is why it’s so important to continually tell people to get outside to the designated safe zone in a safe and orderly fashion.
Everybody should walk to reduce the risk of another accident taking place and possibly endangering people, and this should happen as quickly as possible. All personal belongings should be left where they are, and employees should get out as soon as possible.
Implement the Fire Safety Plan
Depending on the factory you are, you may have a fire safety plan in place which ensures minimal damage and to stop the spread of the fire. If you do, this is when you’ll want to implement it, but you’ll also want to make sure the authorized people are the ones carrying it out.
Included in this plan, you may have the job of making sure everybody is out, and closing any safety roll up doors to help stop the spread, although you’ll want to make sure you’re not endangering yourself.
Contact the Authorities
While this should be one of the first steps you’ll take, make sure you ’re contacting the emergency services as quickly as possible to get them on the scene as quickly as possible. Once they arrive, they can start tackling the fire to minimize damage and can help treat anybody if they’re injured.
As you can see, the safety steps to take when a fire has broken out in your factory are simple, but you’ll be amazed at how many people get them wrong. Be aware, be mindful and be educated, and you never know how many lives you can save.