If you want to make a positive difference in the local community and help to reduce the risk of injuries and accidents at work, why not be part of a volunteer firefighter service?
The fire service saves hundreds of lives every year in the UK. If a fire breaks out, firefighters arrive on the scene, willing to risk their lives for the safety of others.
How to become part of a volunteer firefighter service
If you’re interested in signing up with a volunteer firefighter service, contact your local fire brigade. Volunteer firefighter services are called upon in the event of large-scale incidents when extra help is required. If there is a shortage of firefighters available to help out on the scene, volunteer firefighter services may be drafted in.
As a member of a volunteer firefighter service, you probably won’t have contracted hours and you don’t have to respond to a callout if you are unable to make it.
Being part of a volunteer firefighter service is a valuable and constructive use of your time. It will help others out and it’s a great way to meet new people in the local area.
Fire safety tips
Fire should be a concern for everyone. It’s essential to be wary of fire risks and to take steps to prevent work accidents, accidents in public place and house fires.
All UK employers should adhere to the latest health and safety regulations to protect their employees from work-related illness and occupational injuries. Fire safety measures include:
- Keeping doorways, stairways and fire exits clear
- Carrying out regular fire drills and checking smoke detector batteries
- Ensuring that everybody is familiar with the fire alarm procedure and the location of the nearest fire escapes
- Ensuring all electrical equipment is safety tested on a regular basis
- Providing a designated smoking area
Compensation for work-related injuries
If you’ve been injured in a fire at work, it may be possible to claim compensation. Work injury compensation is awarded to those who have suffered injuries through no fault of their own.
If a fire broke out due to somebody else’s negligence and you have evidence to show that you were not to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about making a no-win no-fee* claim.
Our helpful advisers will transfer your case to expert personal injury lawyers if you have a viable work accident claim. Call now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice