Why fire training is invaluable

Published: Wednesday 16 March 2016

Amanda Sandy is living proof that workplace training can be a lifesaver.

Just a few short weeks after attending a fire extinguisher awareness session at Blackpool and The Fylde College, Amanda found herself faced with an electrical fire in her bedroom.

Luckily she was able to use her new-found skills to rapidly put it out, saving her own life and that of her 11-year-old daughter. Now she is calling on other people to consider having an extinguisher at home.

Amanda, the manager of the College’s training restaurant Level 6, explained: “I had some fire extinguisher training at work and it got me thinking. I have a lot of electrical equipment in my house, but like most people had never thought about having a CO2 extinguisher. So I went out and bought a small one just in case.

“My case came at 10pm at night when I was in bed on my laptop finishing off some work. Normally I would have been asleep. Suddenly everything went dark – apart from the flames that were shooting out of a plug socket in a built-in cupboard which in turn had tripped the electrics.

“I sent my daughter outside, grabbed the extinguisher and put the fire out in the dark. Apart from a minor burn and a room that smells like burning plastic, we are fine, but it could have ended so differently if I didn’t have that extinguisher.

“I am so grateful for that training course, it definitely saved my life.”

Amanda’s training was carried out internally at the college by Rick Lawton, who was delighted to hear Amanda had come through the experience unscathed.

Joanne Shepherd, Health and Safety Manager, added: “Tackling a fire is a last resort and should only be attempted if competent.

“That said, the fact that Amanda was able to do so shows the effectiveness of our fire training programme and that there is an added benefit beyond the workplace.”

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