Floor Warden! Fire Extinguishers!
Recently, I had the opportunity to sit in on Floor Warden training. I am getting closer to taking all the training we offer (#notyet #toomany)!
Before the Floor Warden training, I didn’t really know what a Floor Warden was or what they do. Do they look at the floor? Are they in charge of floor maintenance? Is a Floor Warden needed for all those rowdy floors out there? Well, no. A Floor Warden is much more than that. A Floor Warden is responsible for:
- The occupants in a specified area of the building,
- Visual area checks, and
- Reporting to the Chief Floor Warden or Management.
Depending on your work site, there may be several Floor Wardens and a Chief Floor Warden, or there may be only one Floor Warden. Floor Wardens help to ease panic and chaos in the event of an emergency, and are super-skilled at planning for emergencies.
Seeing as emergencies are rare, a Floor Warden conducts regular visual inspections and reports faulty items. They examine things such as fire doors, fire extinguishers, exit lights, possible fire hazards, alarm and sprinkler systems, and exit pathways. If there is a problem with the flooring, they would report that as well. ;)
In an emergency, the Floor Warden sounds the alarm and then conducts sweeps of their area to ensure all occupants have evacuated. The Floor Warden assists with crowd control if necessary and reports that all occupants have evacuated safely.
The afternoon of the course was spent completing the Introduction to Fire Extinguishers course. Never using a fire extinguisher before, this was a perfect course to learn things like:
- What’s inside a fire extinguisher?
- How does pulling a pin feel?
- How to fight an electronic digital simulator fire?
Inside a dry chemical fire extinguisher, there can be three types of powders. I know, right? THREE DIFFERENT POWDERS!
But the coolest aspect of the training? Using the Electronic Digital Simulator to mimic using a real fire extinguisher. Yes, the fire isn’t real and there isn’t an urgency to battling it, but it does give you a feel for using a fire extinguisher in an emergency. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, right?
Overall, it was a fantastic day of training and it was a lot of fun. Safety training doesn’t have to be boring or dry at all, and our Subject Matter Expert, Ryan Durand, made it fun. If you are interested in booking training for your workplace, please call the Saskatchewan Safety Council at 306-757-3197 or toll-free at 1-855-280-7115.
You can now call me ‘Warden Scarlett’. This course made me more aware of our workplace emergency plans and prompted me to make sure I had one at home too. Immediately, a plan was made for our home using the ‘How to Make a Home Fire Escape Plan’ from the National Fire Protection Association.
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