If you’re a fire marshal, then it is important that you know what you need to do. Having several fire marshals means that you ensure all areas of a building can be cleared quickly.
By giving each fire marshal an area to cover, generally in the area they work, shares the responsibility. A fire marshal has responsibilities beyond helping out in the event of a fire.
Day To Day Duties
It isn’t time-consuming, but a fire marshal should incorporate fire safety checks into their working routine. Checking fire exits and routes to make sure they’re free from obstructions, takes only a few seconds each.
But it just means you’re sure that everyone can make their exit from the building in a quick and safe manner.
The same goes for fire call points, so that anyone can sound the fire alarm without any delay.
As for fire extinguishers, fire marshals should be ensuring that they are where they should be. And be sure to check that the fire extinguishers are in good working order and that they too are visible.
A fire marshal can also help in training staff so they know what their role is in the event of a fire. Take care to making sure that everyone is following good housekeeping procedures. This includes keeping piles of paper away from sources of heat, and ensuring there are no trip hazards.
And should a fire marshal notice anything wrong, they should warn the appropriate person.
By being proactive, it means a fire evacuation can happen smoothly, which keeps everyone safe and calm.
When you hear the fire alarm, the role of the fire marshal changes to being reactive to the situation.
They need to make themselves seen, which is generally done by putting on a hi-vis vest. This way, everyone immediately knows who they should be taking instructions from in that situation.
Other ways to achieve this include using a megaphone or whistle, which help grab people’s attention to give instructions.
A fire warden should check their areas, taking care to encourage people to leave the building for the assembly point. This includes places where you might expect to someone to be, such as toilets or cupboard.
They cannot force someone to leave who doesn’t want to, in which case they should not risk their own lives.
Likewise, the role of a fire marshal is not to put a fire out and endanger their life.
They should instead make sure they are able to provide the fire brigade with as much relevant information as possible. This includes the location of the fire, and if anyone is still inside the building or not.
You should consider how many fire marshals your business needs. A small business shouldn’t need many, but you should aim to have more than one. This mean, if one of your fire marshals is sick or on holiday, you still have someone who knows what to do.
For a larger business, sharing the responsibility means more pairs of eyes to detect any issues. It also means a fast and thorough evacuation of the building.
All fire marshals need to have the appropriate training, and to make sure training is also kept up to date.