Fires are incredibly dangerous and it’s advisable to learn what to do if you find yourself faced with flames at home or a fire at work. All UK companies should have procedures in place to protect employees in the event of a fire breaking out and staff members should be aware of the steps to take if the alarm suddenly starts to ring. If you’ve been involved in accidents at work, such as a fire, and you weren’t to blame, you may be able to make a claim for work accident compensation.
Do different fires have different methods of dealing with them?
Fires can break out at almost any time in any place. They can be very scary and often, you are required to think and act quickly. Different fires have different methods of dealing with them and it’s important to understand how to manage different types of fire. Here are some guidelines for using different fire extinguishers to help you understand how different fires have different methods of management and reduce the risk of work injuries:
- Water and water spray extinguisher: water and water spray extinguishers are best used to manage fires involving wood, paper and other solid materials. They should not be directed at electrical appliances or burning oil (for example a chip pan fire).
- Water mist extinguisher (also known as dry mist): this type of extinguisher is capable of treating different types of fire, including those associated with electrical appliances.
- Powder extinguisher: powder extinguishers are very versatile and they can be used on solid materials, as well as liquids, including grease and oil. They should not be used for chip pan fires though.
- Dry powder extinguisher: these extinguishers are specially designed to tackle fires which involve metals that are combustible, including lithium and sodium.
Can I claim compensation for an accident at work?
If you’ve been injured at work following a fire or you’ve been involved in a work accident, which wasn’t your fault, it may be possible to claim work injury compensation. If the following statements apply to you, call Accident Advice helpline to find out more about making a no win, no fee* claim:
- You’ve been injured in the last 3 years
- The accident wasn’t your fault
- You have evidence to back up your work injury claim
- You notified your employer about the incident
- You sought medical advice
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown