Induction Standards for Northern Ireland
Standard 3: Maintain safety at work: Fire safety
A fire is a very serious event, whether in a care home or in a person’s own home. It is even more serious when those involved are frail or vulnerable and may be unable to help themselves. A care worker needs to know what to do to prevent fires occurring. Your employer must have a Fire Safety Order in place. You must also receive training, which will be updated regularly, about what to do in the case of a fire, and regular fire drills.
Look at the following resources:
- Your employer’s policy on fire safety. Make sure you understand it.
- Gov.uk has produced information on fire safety in the workplace. Look at, or print out its advice documents
Check your understanding
Answer these three questions. Check the answers with your supervisor or fire officer if you have one.
- What three things are needed in order for a fire to burn?
- What are three strategies for preventing fires?
- What are the five major causes of fires?
Did you know?
Each year in the UK there are between 800 and 900 fires in premises providing care for older people. Over the past 10 years more than 45 people have died in such fires and more than 1,000 have been injured. On average five people die each year as a result of fire and a further 90 are injured.
Record what you have learned
- Your organisation may have a Learning Record Form. If so, use that to write down what you have learned and any questions you might have. Otherwise you can use our Learning Record Form.