Staff Induction Handbook (page 3) 


All employees must make certain that they know what to do in the event of a fire. It is important for you to know what to do if you discover a fire and how to evacuate people from the building in which you work.


These are some of the precautions you should be aware of that can help prevent a fire:

Inspect premises after all customers have left the premises

Keep all areas free from litter – remove rubbish from the building

Do not overload electrical sockets

Never place clothing over heating appliances

Know what action to take if a deep fat fryer catches fire

Immediately report gas leaks to the local Gas Company

Never lock a fire escape door

Never block a fire exit

Maintain good housekeeping standards


Know how to operate the fire alarm system

Know where the nearest telephone is

Know where the fire fighting equipment is and how to use it

Sound the alarm and commence evacuation

Dial “999” and ask for the “Fire Brigade”

Only fight the fire if it is small and you have the right extinguisher.


All up to date fire extinguishers are RED – each extinguisher bears a strip of colour that indicates the substance inside and the type of fire it can be used on, thus:

RED (WATER)  Soft furnishings, paper, wood

CREAM (FOAM) Flammable liquids, fat, oil, fires in containers e.g. deep fat fryers

BLACK (CO2) Electrical, flammable liquid/gas

Warning – CO2 extinguishing can cause freeze burns if the nozzle comes into contact with skin. Take great care.

BLUE (POWDER) Electrical, flammable liquid/gas, soft furnishings, paper, wood

Warning – Dry Powder does not readily penetrate the inside of electrical equipment. Take extra care and re-apply dry powder if the fire re-ignites.


Know the evacuation drill, escape routes, fire exits and assembly points

Understand the course of action if someone sounds the fire alarm

Remember to close all doors after evacuation

Know how to operate the fire alarm

Know where the nearest telephone is


1. What is the first thing you would do on discovering a fire? Answer –

2. What do alarm boxes look like and where would you find them? Answer –

3. Where are all the fire extinguishers located? Answer –

4. What type of fire extinguishers are suitable for electrical fires? Answer –

5. Why is it important not to use water on electrical or oil fires? Answer –

6. Why must you be careful when using CO2 extinguishers? Answer –

7. When evacuating a building, what must you remember to do? Answer –

8. Where are the fire exits/escapes located? Answer –

9. Where is the fire evacuation assembly point for the premises? Answer –

10. How can you help prevent fires? Answer –

Fire Safety questionnaire completed:

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