Why should you become a fire warden
What are the benefits to individuals and organisations from becoming a fire warden?
The risks of a fire breaking out are very real to all businesses, no matter how carefully they plan their fire protection measures. Common causes of fire include electrical faults, a build-up of flammable and combustible materials, human error such as mistakes and negligence and arson. Every year, several hundred people in the UK die from the effects of fire, according to official statistics. Therefore, helping to prevent such tragedies should be top of everyone’s agenda. If you have been asked to become a Fire Warden you should consider taking our Fire Warden course.
Why we need Fire Wardens
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 specifies the steps that employers must take to help prevent fires from breaking out. Prevention planning and fire risk assessments are a major part of these regulations and fire wardens play a key role here. Typically, a fire warden will monitor the premises to spot increased risks of afire breaking out, ensuring that the workplace fire risk assessment is adhered to and helping with fire testing and evacuation procedures.
Fire wardens are usually employees who have been asked to take on this role by their managers. They have an essential function within an organisation or business, so becoming a fire warden will help your company to fulfil its legal duties. Also, you will receive official training to enhance your skills portfolio while helping you to keep people safe. Many of the skills you learn as a fire warden can also be applied to your personal domestic situation, which will help you and your friends and family in emergencies too! Most of all, becoming a fire warden is a real opportunity to get involved with your organisation and help to build a better and safer environment.
Could I go to prison if I become a fire warden?
Culpability has always been a serious matter in health and safety law. Corporate Manslaughter is now an offence set out in the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007. This law aims to ensure that organisations can be liable for extremely serious cases that lead to death. There needs to be proof that the organisation has breached their duty of care. In such cases, liability is ascertained by looking at the organisation’s failings and penalties are handed out as fines (as opposed to prison sentences) for corporate bodies. It is highly unlikely that an individual fire warden could be held responsible for any failings unless they had deliberately acted in a negligent manner. Even if they make a mistake leading to a fatality, it is more likely that the blame will be passed up the line to those in charge of the company/organisation.
What are the benefits to employees of having a fire warden?
Employees benefit by having a fire warden who can:
- Monitor the fire safety situation in the workplace
- Assist with periodic checks, tests and drills
- Ensure the correct fire safety equipment is available and functional
- Offer relevant help and advice
- Take appropriate action in an emergency
- Liaise with the fire and emergency services
There are so many individual and organisational benefits to being a fire warden that taking up this interesting and rewarding opportunity is a chance not to be missed! You can find all of our fire related online courses here.