How to Plan Workplace Fire Escape Drills | SERVPRO® of Northeast Greenville County
Preparation is key for businesses in any industry, as anticipating risks can help you recover from any adversity your business might face. One of the most crucial things to plan for is workplace fires, which devastate so many businesses every year.
By having a fire safety plan in place, you can significantly reduce the impact one might have on your business.
The first step to take in workplace fire preparedness is establishing your fire evacuation procedures with your employees. Panic can often ensue when fire alarms go off, but having a staff that is well-educated on how to evacuate safely from the building will help everyone remain calm and get to security more quickly.
The First Step to Take in Workplace Fire Preparedness
Consult with your local fire officials. The internet is a great resource for doing research regarding the fire safety of your business, but working with your own local fire marshal is likely the best resource there is. They can visit your building and advise you on how to plan out your fire drills and give you pointers on how to increase your overall fire safety.
Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. Once you have mapped out the evacuation drills for your building, mark them well so they are visible and discuss evacuation procedures with the staff. Preparing everyone in advance for a drill is the best way to ensure that no one panics and everyone remembers exactly what to do from their pre-drill briefing.
Have fire drills frequently. Fire drills should happen often enough that the details of fire evacuation are fresh in everyone’s mind, but not so often that they become routine and their gravity is ignored. Many businesses find that once a quarter or once every six months is a good frequency.
Run different fire scenarios. While one can consider the statistical probabilities of what might cause a fire in their building, there is no way to know for sure where a fire may start. That is why it is important to run various fire scenarios every time you do a drill so that everyone can get to safety no matter where flames start from.
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