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General Knowledge Checklist

Are you an office Fire Warden? You should know Several escape routes Evacuation procedure and responsibilities. What is your duty of care? Where is the designated assembly point Who has what role in the chain of command Where is fire safety equipment, such as the fire blankets and extinguishers What is necessary documentation following the incident

Also How to use the fire extinguisher Who should grab the sign-in book and FA Kit Generally how to deal with uncompliant or panicked staff. What are their rights? What are your responsibilities? What are the parameters of Duty of Care? How to engage the manual garage door opener What colour is your hat, what that means, and when to wear it

General Emergency Procedure List

Fire Safety Equipment

Fire Extinguishers

P: Pull out the pin T: Test the extinguisher off to one side before you approach the fire A: Aim the nozzle at the fire from a safe distance away S: Squeeze the handle of the extinguisher gently *** DO NOT TOUCH THE HORN OF A CO2 EXTINGUISHER.
This is the one with the black sticker around the middle. Hold it by the tube before the horn. The CO2 is emitted at approximately -66C and can cause serious burns to human skin.

S: Sweep the emissions from the extinguisher methodically across the fire from side to side
Extinguisher use should generally be kept to a fire area of 1 meter or less. For larger fires (i.e. >1m), dont approach. Leave it for the fire department.

Further information for office application can be found here.

Fire Blankets

*** These are for small fires only, approximately 1 meter or less. Never approach a fire if you lack full confidence in the equipment or yourself.

1. Pull the blanket out of its bundle by the two tabs.

These will be on your side of the blanket, allowing you to shield your hands while you approach the fire.

2. Verify at least 1 escape route.

3. Approach the fire fully shielded by the blanket

4. Cover and smother the burning material completely, ensuring there

are NO GAPS for oxygen to get in through.

5. Shut off all fuel supplying or involved in the fire, such as gas. 6. Leave the blanket in place for at least 30 minutes to allow for the

material to fully cool.

The appropriate fire authorities should have been called by now. An incident report must be filled out. Discuss with Chief Fire Warden. Each fire blanket is single-use only.

A video of a fire extinguisher and blanket procedure can be found here.

Chief Fire Warden Fact List

Preamble The Chief Warden is responsible for situations that may include Fire, Bomb Threat, Flooding, Earthquake and Civil Disorder. Wardens are not responsible for disabling the threat, but to do their best to preserve life; theirs, and then that of others in the community. Other priorities, in order, include the protection of significant assets and the restoration of normality. If priorities conflict, the higher-order preservation of self and then others will overrule. The Chief Warden is responsible for coordinating the safe evacuation of all sectors of the office by liaising with the network of Fire Wardens. When Chief Warden is absent, all duties will fall to the Deputy.

Procedure of evacuation The Chief and Deputy Fire Wardens will liaise to do their reasonable best to ascertain both the nature and location of any incident reported. The Chief Fire Warden should be notified of the incident via telephone. Upon being notified of the alarm, as should always happen immediately, the Chief Warden will ring emergency services on 000. They will then notify all Wardens by telephone, who will then begin evacuating their designated floors and/or areas and sealing as many internal doors and windows as possible. Alarm should be raised by speaking/shouting loudly. All belongings should be left be evacuating staff. Wardens should don their relevant hats now as a visual reference. The Chief Warden can be identified by a yellow hat, the Deputy by a white, the Area Wardens by a yellow hat. Note: there should be no shouting of fire or bomb etc. in order to minimise panic and disorder when exiting. Particular attention should be given to less mobile staff and visitors. This may include those with issues pertaining to weight, age (older or younger), visual impairment and advanced pregnancy. Care should also be taken that these individuals do not obstruct the emergency exit(s). The majority of evacuees should be given first priority. Particular emphasis should be given to checking the Training Room and Board Room on Level 1, the Board Room on Level 2, Field and the Conference Room on Ground Level, and all male and female bathrooms throughout the property. Care should also be taken for the adjoining apartment; the likelihood of tenancy is quite high. Upon exit of the building, if it is safe to do so, Reception has the responsibility of grabbing the visitor checklist and the First Aid Kit. This should be confirmed by the Chief Warden as soon as possible. While staff cannot be forced to remain inside the building in the case of an incident outside the building, NO STAFF are to re-enter the building unless it is pronounced safe to do so. The Chief Warden (or Acting Chief) is the sole point of contact for this.