One can never be too cautious or too prepared. There are several things that people can do to ensure that they are prepared in the event of an emergency. Many people take the decision to take fire and safety courses to make sure they are prepared to take care of themselves if they were ever in a dangerous situation.
There are a variety of courses that are available for the general public as well as for the professionals. If you are a professional it never hurts to brush up on your skills and if you are a private citizen you may learn some skills that could one day save your life or the life of someone you love. Certain courses may not apply to everyone but there is most likely a course available that everyone could benefit from.
The course that would probably be most beneficial to everyone is fire safety. This course is designed to teach people about general fire safety and awareness, to more specific measures such as how to use various types of fire extinguishers. In the event of a fire it is important to know where the fire exits are located, how to properly operate a fire extinguisher as well as where they are located and of course how to prevent such things as burns and smoke inhalation. These skills can be useful no matter where you are or what type of fire you may be involved in.
Many fire and safety courses are very detailed and can be geared toward a certain profession or occupational hazard. Quite often these courses can deal with certain types of chemicals and how to clean up any spills, gas detection, height training, or the proper use and transport of dangerous goods. No matter what course you are taking and no matter what the reasons are, safety and preparation is a must for anyone.