Every single person in the workplace has a responsibility for maintaining health and safety regulations.
If there happens to be a fire your main priority, unless you are a designated fire safety monitor, is to get yourself out of the building as quickly and safely as possible.
If you are not trained in fire fighting or rescue then you will do more harm than good by staying behind to try and help others and you could put even more people at risk. If you stop to help someone and you both get stuck in a burning building then a firefighter has to risk his own life trying to get you out.
Trying to use fire extinguishers without proper training can result in injury.
You can help to keep yourself safe in the event of a fire in several different ways.
Be sure to familiarise yourself with the location of all the exits, know where the meeting point is in case of evacuation, and read the fire safety regulations which should be clearly displayed at frequent intervals throughout the building.
Make sure the building is fitted with smoke alarms and that they are tested and have the batteries changed regularly, once a year as a bare minimum.
Don’t ever block off emergency exits with boxes or other clutter and keep your personal belongings out of public walkways.
If you are the designated fire safety director for your area you have additional responsibilities. It is up to you to ensure all employees know what to do in the event of a fire and how to sound the alarm should they spot one.
If the alarm does sound you will be responsible for ensuring nobody is left behind by checking toilets, lifts, and other hidden areas, and for assisting any disabled persons who need help exiting the building. You will take a register at the meeting point to make sure everyone is accounted for and report any missing persons to the fire department when they arrive.