Care home fire training is essential so staff can put fire plans into place as soon as an alarm operates.
Care home fire training
Care home fire training courses
The need for care home fire training was highlighted once again following the fire in Hertfordshire this weekend (April 2017).
The fire started at about 6 a.m. in the morning, killing two residents. This is usually the end of a night shift , so there would have been fewer staff on duty. Care home fire plans are needed for both the day, evening and also night shifts. During evening and night shifts the risk often increases because of staff numbers.
Persons who work in a care home require frequent care home fire training. Staff should know all care home fire plans, the stages of fire or fire alarm and also understand the different types of evacuation stages. These are delayed, progressive horizontal and full evacuation.
Fire training in care homes should be based on the specific fire plans. These undertaking online care home fire training should also receive a short session about there care home fire plans.
Our care home fire courses
Our courses are accredited by a national fire body. The course was based on previous fire service training developed by us when working for the fire service. Our courses can include live fire training exercises and those tackling small fires on our course will therefore have added confidence when fighting a real fire.
Our course is 2 hour or 3 hour approved training programme and can also include monitored fire drills. All staff undertaking the training get a certificate and online training notes.
Booking care home fire training for your staff is so easy. We can come to your home to carry out the training. Either call us or email us with your preferred training dates. Once we have agreed fire training dates, we ask for your care home details and also that you agree our terms. Once we we have heard from you your course is booked!
Care home fire plans
Care home fire plans and procedures
All care home fire plans need to be planned in advance. The safety of residents and also staff will rely on knowing the care home fire plans and quickly putting it into place.
A lot of care homes carry out regular fire training for staff. This usually has fire extinguisher input, how to evacuate, the fire safety features in the home and fireaim of care home fire training is to provide an efficient procedure and that staff will know exactly what to do when a fire alarm operates in their building.
Many care home fire plans look like this:
When the fire alarm sounds
- Care staff stop what they are doing and go to main fire panel.
- Other staff turn off appliances and then also go to the panel.
- A member of staff should be told to call the fire service and also await their arrival.
- Manager or senior staff on duty to send first pair of staff to arrive at fire panel to the affected fire zone (investigation team).
- Investigation team take an emergency transfer sling and also radio.
- Manager or senior staff to send additional staff in pairs when they arrive at the fire panel. (These persons can also take additional slings / wheelchairs in case they are needed for evacuation).
- When all staff have arrived at the fire panel the manager may silence the fire alarm.
- All staff should be aware that this does not mean that the event is over.
- If the fire alarm resounds this may mean that an incident has operated another smoke detector.
At the affected fire zone:
- Investigation team to enter zone using the correct door procedure.
- Start checking rooms, area looking for fire or smoke and also which smoke detector that has operated. This will be a thorough check including any en-suite rooms.
- Shut any door that may not have shut when alarm operated.
- Member of the investigation team should also direct other staff to rooms that have not yet been checked as they arrive at the affected area.
- Staff to calm residents in rooms that are not affected by fire.
- If a member of staff detects an incident in a residents room or other area they must –“Call for help from colleagues”. They should also move any person in that room or area immediately, provided it is safe to do so. Good communications is key!
- Should an incident is detected the investigation team should inform manager.
- If the fire alarm has not resounded when a fire / smoke / smell of smoke has been discovered, the fire alarm call point should be located and the fire alarm raised again.
- Start the fire procedure such as delayed evacuation, progressive horizontal evacuation or also full evacuation .
- Use personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPS) if needed. These may need to be given to arriving emergency services if the evacuation is not yet complete.
- Ensure visitors are evacuated to the assembly point outside of the building.
- Kitchen staff to turn off cookers etc and leave kitchen in safe condition.
- Domestic staff – turn off appliances and report to fire alarm panel.
On arrival of the fire service:
- Manager or senior person to tell officer in charge of fire service what the incident is and where.
- Take instructions from fire service officer on whether to change evacuation procedure (delayed / progressive horizontal / full).
- Move persons affected by the fire to a safe area using safety equipment.
- Using residents PEEPS consider where persons should go to. (part of a post incident plan).
- Account for all persons.
- The same fire plan will apply – one person at the fire panel – two investigating and also carrying fire plan.
- Additional persons (if any) to assist evacuation.
- Make sure the fire service is called.
- If there is a fire, smoke or smell of smoke move any resident provided it is safe. Resound fire alarm by hitting fire alarm call point.
- Make sure doors are shut.
Be aware that a fire alarm will probably open all secure doors in any “Dementia wing”. Some residents may try to wander from the area. Plans must also include how to manage this.
How to book care home fire training with us
Booking care home fire training with us is so easy! Either call us or email us with your preferred dates. Once we have agreed a date, we will ask for some details and also ask you to agree our terms. Once we have your details your course is booked. Remember any number of staff can attend one of training sessions.