Fire Training

Fire can be devastating and therefore we must make every effort to evaluate the risks and hazards associated with it wherever possible. The practice of Fire Prevention is the best way to safeguard your business and your workforce, and via the implementation of quality fire training, you can supply them with the knowledge required to both reduce the risks and what they can do in the event of a fire. Before we begin to look deeper into fire prevention, let's look at the different forms that fire can take.

Fire Training

Detailed Aspects of Fire Training, London

Fire can be grouped into five different forms:

Class A - Ordinary combustibles

This form of fire can occur almost anywhere as it involves solids. Materials such as wood, plastic, paper, and cloth are the primary fuel. Common examples in the home and workplace would be furniture and fixtures. These materials only require heat in order for them to ignite, and oxygen for them to continue burning. Though this type of fire is easy to ignite it is also relatively easy to extinguish. Class A fires can be extinguished with water, though water should not be used near electrical equipment. Good housekeeping, along with strict/regular site maintenance will help keep solid materials safe from sources of ignition.

Class B – Flammable liquids

With flammable liquids, fire can be particularly dangerous, as even though they account for only 2% of fires, the fatality rate can be as high as 21%. Flammable liquids include petrol, alcohol, oil, solvents, paints and kerosene. A small spark is enough to ignite the vapour of these substances. Class B fires can be extinguished only with a foam fire extinguisher, which smothers the flames. Flammable substances should be kept in safe storage containers, clearly labelled and placed away from any source of ignition.

Class C – Flammable gases

Class C fires can be extensive and potentially explosive. Flammable gases such as hydrogen, butane and propane account for many flammable gas fires. The quantity of gases in the air will determine the intensity of the fire. Even a small or isolated leak is enough to ignite an open flame. These types of fires can be extinguished only with a dry powder extinguisher, however, before attempting to extinguish a gas fire, the supply of gas should be isolated first. Flammable gases should be stored securely in sealed containers and in a secure location, well away from open flames and should only be handled by competent personnel.

Class D – Flammable metals

Metal fires are not very common as metals are difficult to ignite. Risks increase in industrial settings for example, where metal shavings or powders can be found. Metals including titanium, potassium, lithium and magnesium are combustible and can significantly intensify a fire. Class D fires can be extinguished only with dry powder extinguishers, as water accelerates metal fires. Small fires can be extinguished with dry earth or sand. To prevent metal fire you should regularly clean / remove metal shavings and dust from the workspace.

Class E - Electrical fires

As the name suggests these fires are caused due to electrical equipment and includes; faulty wiring, frayed cables, short circuits, overloading and broken appliances. They can happen in both commercial and residential environments. Water should never be used near electrical equipment. Electrical fires can be extinguished by extinguishers that do not contain water, such as carbon dioxide or dry powder extinguishers. It is very important to turn off the power supply if you can.

Class F – Cooking oil fires

Most commonly occurring in restaurants and kitchens, oil fires involve cooking oil, fats and grease. Class F fires are extinguished with wet chemical extinguishers, and for small fires, a fire blanket can be used. To prevent an oil fire, frying oils should not be left for long, or be left unattended. Spilt oil should always be cleaned and pans should not be overfilled.

Significance of Fire training, London

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005 made it a legal requirement for all employees to undergo basic fire safety training at induction and then conducted annually. It also stated that the employer (or a 'responsible person’) in an organisation must ensure that necessary fire precautions are taken in the workplace to safeguard all employees. Fire Safety Training Courses have to be conducted by a trained individual who has sufficient skills and knowledge surrounding fire safety.

Acufire operates a team of experts who have extensive experience in providing the best Fire training courses to its clients in the UK. Our Fire training in London includes :

  • The forms of, causes of, and sources of fire
  • Fire safety signage
  • Fire prevention and fire-fighting methods
  • Organisational procedures including safe evacuation
  • Operation of fire protection devices, such as fire extinguishers (theory only)

And it doesn’t end there - Acufire also deals with all issues relating to fire emergency protocol. Our tuitional material can be tailor-made to suit your business and your employees.

Established in your emergency plan, an employee is required to undertake the role of fire warden (or marshal) to ensure that the business is fully prepared in the event of a fire emergency. Acufire operates a high-quality Fire Marshal Training Course for employees, which provides an even greater level of depth.

Why Acufire is the best choice as a Fire Training Provider

  • Many years worth of experience
  • Quality teaching materials
  • Extensive practical knowledge
  • Fully tailored approach
  • Free, no-obligation quotes
  • Quick response

Our client testimonials speak for themselves. Contact us today for all of your fire training requirements.