Fire Awareness


20–30 min

BackgroundCourse Overview

Why is Fire Awareness training important?

By law, every business should provide effective fire safety training to all their employees. This is especially important as there were over 10,000 accidental non-residential fires attended by the Fire and Rescue services in England in 2023. Additionally, fire accidents were responsible for 1 in every 9 workplace deaths that year – which is consistent with recent trends.

And following the provision of fire safety training to employees, all training records should be retained by your organisation. Fire safety training should be refreshed periodically to keep fire safety knowledge amongst your staff high – we recommend training a minimum of once a year.

What is required under Fire Safety law?

Fire safety training and measures are a mandatory requirement under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 section 21, which in summary says:

The responsible person must ensure that his employees are provided with adequate safety training (a) at the time when they are first employed; and (b) on their being exposed to new or increased risks because of (i) their being transferred or given a change of responsibilities; (ii) the introduction of new work equipment into, or a change respecting work equipment already in use; (iii) the introduction of new technology; or (iv) the introduction of a new system of work into, or a change respecting a system of work already in use.

And in reference to fire safety training frequency, it says:

The training (must) be repeated periodically where appropriate.

This fire awareness training course seeks to achieve the following objectives:

  • To support the responsible person in their duty to provide adequate fire safety training to their employees
  • To provide the delegate with adequate knowledge to contribute to the prevention of fires within the workplace
  • To assist the learner in understanding their legal obligations with regard to fire safety
  • To signpost the learner to other documents that they should be familiar with within the workplace

Alongside a frequent and thorough fire risk assessment, fire safety training for all employees will ensure that each individual becomes fully aware of their personal and collective responsibilities in regards to preventing fire accidents from occurring in the workplace.

A branded certificate is also issued upon completion of the course.

Safesmart delivers Fire Awareness Training for your organisation through Smartlog – our comprehensive health & safety compliance software.

Course Content

Fire Safety Law – England & Wales: The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Scotland: The Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006, and Northern Ireland: The Fire Safety Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010.

Occurrence of Fire – The real-life consequences of fire and how fire occurs – when a source of fuel is ignited and combined with oxygen, emitting light, heat, and flame (the ‘triangle of fire’).

Fire Prevention – The number of measures that will reduce the likelihood of a fire occurring or prevent it from spreading; such as preventing arson, safe smoking policies, or improving electrical safety.

Escape Routes – All workplaces must have an evacuation plan in which the escape routes should be identified. Measures include clear signage, emergency lighting, firefighting equipment, fire doors, and final fire exits.

Evacuation Strategy in the event of a fire. Overview of the 3 main types of evacuation strategies: ‘Phased’, ‘Simultaneous’ & ‘Delayed’, and implementing Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEP).

Firefighting Equipment  Overview of the main types of fire extinguishers, and on what type of fire they should be used to tackle.

This course is certified by the CPD Certification Service

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