Did you know that every year, 44,000 buildings in Canada catch fire on average?
These structural fires cause millions of dollars in property damage and claim many innocent lives.
The deadliest structural fires in Canadian history, such as the Toronto High School fire, have killed more than 400 people.
If your school offers fire safety training for students, parents, teachers, and the administration, you know how useful they can be. Fire safety training teaches you much more than how to respond to fires promptly.
It trains you to recognize fire hazards, conduct fire safety risk assessments, and even prevents your building from catching fire.
Let’s look at some benefits of fire safety training in detail:
It helps recognize fire hazards
Fire safety training helps recognize fire hazards by teaching your children about the combustion triangle.
A combustion triangle is a model that highlights the three elements (heat, fuel, and an oxidizing agent such as oxygen) that can start a fire.
Once children learn to recognize these hazards, they become more aware of fire risks and can identify dangers readily.
Improves the fire safety behavior of the community
Knowledge affects behavior
Giving fire safety training to children improves their knowledge of fire hazards and enhances their fire safety behavior.
A recent study found that young children who were taught the use of fire alarms and were told a fire escape plan were more prepared in case of fire than those who didn’t know anything about fire safety.
Children who are given fire safety training in schools use the knowledge to practice caution at home and in other places.
If your child has attended fire safety education in school, it’s a good idea to sit with them and talk about it. You might also learn something, and this will positively impact the safety of your home.
Helps upgrade your fire risk assessment
Fire risk assessment is the evaluation of factors present in your child’s school that can potentially cause a fire. It determines how likely the building is to catch fire.
The objective of a fire risk assessment is to recognize the number of previous fire occurrences in the building, current trends in fire risks, and the population that’s at risk.
A fire safety training equips teachers, parents, children, and the school staff to effectively analyze these factors and come up with a fire prevention and response plan.
At Metro Safety Training, we provide practical fire safety training programs to equip schools with the knowledge and training they need to curb fire risks. We operate in Vancouver, Surrey, Burnaby, and Richmond. Visit our website or call us at 604-521-4227.