New Year’s Resolutions are not just for personal goals, but are useful for business too. As last year’s finished, and the busy Christmas season is over for retailers, there is a gap when sales naturally lower and customers aren’t shopping. This quiet time is ideal for completing inventories and making sure that all your training is up to date.
With stocks takes and reduced hours, fire training may not be at the top of your New Year agenda, but January and February are great times to get all your employees educated in safety procedures for a number of reasons.
1. Only permanent staff get trained
During the lead up to Christmas, most retailers hire seasonal staff to cover the increase in trade. While these employees do need to be trained, it is unlikely that any of them would be named as a fire warden or responsible person.
It is advised that staff on a permanent contract have fire training a minimum of twice a year, though it is not a legal requirement. Providing refreshers in fire safety will mean that all staff are aware of the safest way to exit the premises, alert others of an outbreak, and notice hazards within the workplace.
2. Reduced Opening Hours means more compliant staff
Part of your fire training should include a drill. All businesses legally have to do one fire drill per year and document the results. Though a fire could break out during opening hours, it is impractical to carry out a drill during these times. Instead it is either best to do one before opening or after close, which during the busy season could end up being very late at night.
Holding fire drills during times where you have reduced opening hours will mean that your employees are much more likely to respond better to them, rather than simply trying to get them over and done with in a bid to get home quickly.
3. Sets you in good stead for the rest of the year
It can be easy to forget about the importance of fire training as you go about your day-to-day working lives. Starting the New Year with a training session can help you remember to continue to have an active attitude towards fire safety. During your first training session, why not put dates in your calendar for all of the sessions you wish to hold throughout the year.
If you’re planning on educating your employees in fire safety in the New Year, then why not take a look at our fire training courses? We offer a range of course that can be tailored to suit your business needs. Call our friendly team on 0117 957 3039 to find out more about our sessions and to book your course.