Fire Safety FAQs & Resources

As a leading provider of Health & Safety eLearning, our experts are often asked about Fire Safety. We've collected all of those questions and answered them for you below...

Fire Safety FAQs

What types of fire extinguisher are there?

There are 5 different types of extinguishers:

  • Wet Chemical Extinguisher are yellow.
  • Water Extinguishers are a solid red colour.
  • Foam Spray Extinguisher - (also known as AFFF extinguishers) are cream coloured.
  • Carbon Dioxide Extinguisher - these extinguishers are coloured black.
  • Dry Powder Extinguisher - these extinguishers are coloured blue.

Fire Blankets - although not an actual “fire extinguisher”, fire blankets can be used to extinguish fires.

To find out more about the different types of fire extinguishers and which fires they should treat, go to our blog ‘ What are the different types of Fire Extinguishers?’

What different ways can fire spread?

There are 3 different ways a for a fire to spread. Through

Convection - is when heat from liquids and gases is transferred from hot to cold areas via particles that become lighter through heat.

Conduction - is when heat moves through objects or materials.

Radiation - is when heat transfers via empty space to another object. An example is a candle making your hand warm when you put your hand close to it.

Who is responsible for fire safety in a business?

The employer or owner is responsible for fire safety, they can either designate themselves as the appropriate person or assign an appropriate person - here at iHASCO James Lakeman is our Health and Safety Manager and Fire Warden. This person must arrange for a fire risk assessment to be carried out at a business and must, therefore, ensure the right safety measures are put in place to deal with a fire.

Do I have to give fire safety training to my staff?

Yes, it’s a legal requirement. As a responsible person, you must ensure that you provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training. Whether you create your own approved training or supply the training from somewhere else, you have a responsibility to ensure your employee's safety.

How should I make people aware of where the fire assembly point is?

Fire risk assessments will indicate where your fire assembly points should be. Assembly points should be clearly signposted. Upon joining a company staff should be made aware of where their fire assembly point is.

How often should I test my fire alarm at work?

You should test your fire alarm once a week at work.

Who should carry out fire safety risk assessments?

The ‘Responsible person’ should conduct the fire safety risk assessments.

How often should I do fire drills?

Fire Drills should be conducted normally every 3 months if working in a place where there are serious fire hazards, but in some workplaces, it could be every 6 months.

Who do I tell if there is a fire?

If you discover a fire the first thing you must do is raise the fire alarm, then you tell everyone to evacuate if they haven't begun to do so anyway.

Is it illegal to set off a fire alarm when there is no fire?

Yes. If you set off a fire alarm when there is no fire, you are subject to a £2500 fine or 12 months imprisonment.

FAQs regarding our Fire Safety courses

Why is this training important?

This training is important as it is a legal requirement for employees to have fire safety training. Our courses provide a range of knowledge surrounding safety to equip all levels of staff with the right information.

How long is my certificate valid for?

It is up to the training administrator of the employee as to when training needs to be refreshed. However, there are various reasons as to why your Fire Training may need to be updated like; high staff turnover, growth of your business, new business premises or changes to the original one, or changes fire safety equipment. Unfortunately, there is no perfect answer to how often Fire Safety Training should be refreshed, Health & Safety legislation leaves it up to the employer to decide when it is necessary. To receive the British Standards Kite Mark (BS 9999, fire safety of buildings) training should be offered once a year at a minimum.

Who is this course suitable for?

These courses are suitable for all employees, employers and managers in various industries.

What devices can I complete these courses on?

Our courses can be completed on a range of devices, they’re compatible with Desktops, laptops, mobile phones, iPads and other tablets.

What approvals does this course have?

These courses have various approvals such as IOSH Approval, RoSPA Approval and all are CPD Accredited.

Documents and resources

  • AFFF Foam Fire Extinguishers

    AFFF (Aqueous Film Forming Foam) fire extinguishers are ideal for any office environment. The dual Class A and Class B rating of foam extinguishers allows them to be used against both solid and liquid burning fires. These extinguishers also have a conductivity rating of 35kV which means that, although they are not designed for use on electrical fires, they can be safely used on typical electrical office equipment.The reason that an “aqueous” medium can be used on electrical equipment is that the method of delivery is by a spray nozzle which breaks up the flow of extinguish-ant. This prevents a continuous electrical path between the user and the electrical apparatus.

  • Fire Classifications Chart

    This free printable PDF explains the different fire classifications including classes A, B, C, D, F and Electrical. It also provides examples for clarification. It is extremely important to be able to correctly identify the class of fire before you use an extinguisher to put it out – using the wrong type of extinguisher could easily make matters worse.

  • Fire Extinguishers Chart

    The extinguishers chart provides a simple look-up table reminding you which fire extinguisher is suitable for which class of fire. The types of fire extinguishers are water extinguishers, dry powder extinguishers, carbon dioxide extinguishers, foam spray (AFFF) extinguishers and wet chemical extinguishers. There are no extinguishers in general use to put out a class D (metals) fire - if this type of fire is detected NEVER try to put it out yourself, LEAVE it to the Fire Service.

  • How people react to fire

    Shocking video footage which shows how people react to fire when a shop is set alight by a youth who needs a distraction to steal some sweets. The video clearly shows that people do not react to the danger of fire in the way you might expect, highlighting the importance of fire wardens - someone to TAKE CHARGE of the situation - and how essential fire health and safety training and fire extinguisher training really is.

  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

    The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into force on the 1st of October 2006 and repeals and revokes all previous fire legislation in England and Wales. There are a few exceptions, but in general the fire legislation applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales. The law applies to you if you are the owner of a business, an employer, or are responsible for business premises. Fire safety duties include promoting the safety of employees and visitors, completing fire risk assessment and fire safety arrangements, fire detection, fire emergency routes and exits, fire safety training and the general duties of employees at work regarding fire safety (which includes recognising and guarding against fire safety hazards).

  • When Should You Call the Fire Service

    This free printable PDF gives clear guidance on the process which should be followed when calling the fire service. Your company Fire Action Plan will also contain invaluable guidance about what to do in the event of a fire. It is important to ensure you read it - don’t wait for a fire!