Describe emergency procedures to be followed in the event of a fire in the work setting

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In the event of a fire, all employees should know what to do and what emergency procedures to follow.

It is your employer’s responsibility to assess the risks related with a possible fire and document procedures to follow to prevent fires and a what to do if a fire breaks. It is also their responsibility to provide any fire safety training and equipment that is deemed necessary.

As an employee, it is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with these procedures so that you know what to do in an emergency situation.

Emergency procedures in the event of a fire will usually involve knowing where all the emergency exits are and  leaving by the one that is nearest. You should also need to know where your fire assembly point is, which is a safe place away from the building where everyone congregates.

You should only attempt to tackle a fire yourself if it is completely safe to do so. Yourself or another specified person should contact the emergency services for assistance as soon as possible.

You may have a procedure for evacuating vulnerable individuals, which could involve simply leading them or using specialist equipment such as a an evacuation sledge if they have very limited mobility. Each individual’s specific needs should be taken into account in emergency evacuation planning.