7.1 Describe practices that prevent fires from: starting, spreading

Qualification: Level 2 Diploma in Care
Unit name: Health, Safety and Wellbeing in Care Settings
Learning outcome: 7. Understand how to promote fire safety in the work setting
Assessment criteria: 7.1 Describe practices that prevent fires from: starting, spreading

 

It is important for care workers to have an understanding of fire safety because it can protect themselves and others from the potential harm and damage that fire can cause.

For a fire to start, three things are needed; oxygen, fuel and a heat source. If any of these are missing then a fire cannot ignite.

To prevent a fire from starting, you should:

  • read and follow agreed ways of working
  • keep the workplace tidy and store flammable materials correctly
  • test electrical equipment regularly and report any faulty equipment
  • do not leave cooking unattended
  • smoke only in designated areas

To prevent a fire from spreading, you should:

  • read and follow agreed ways of working
  • if you have received training and it is safe to do so, tackle fires with provided equipment (e.g. fire extinguishers, fire blankets etc.)
  • ensure the workplace is tidy and fire escape routes are free from clutter