A comprehensive fire evacuation plan is vital to all businesses regardless of industry. Not only is this required by law, but it’s essential for maintaining workplace safety. While we all hope that disaster doesn’t strike, having an active, well-communicated plan can be the difference between life and death.
Crisis Management Team And Escape Routes
The first step to an effective fire evacuation plan is to have a crisis management team in place. You’ll want to choose employees who are responsible, organized, and able to maintain and enforce a crisis management plan even under stressful situations. The primary function of this group is to ensure the safe and timely evacuation of everyone from the building. They will help develop and adjust escape routes and evacuation sites as well as setting up the standards for post-fire recovery.
Plan For Those With Disabilities
Fires can be particularly dangerous for employees with disabilities, which is why it is even more critical to focus extra time on your project for their well being. To start, a partner system should be in place so that those with disabilities can be immediately assisted. As many of your staff as possible, if not the entirety, should be aware of the needs of disabled staff in case of an emergency. This will ensure that they can exit the building quickly and safely with everyone else.
Designated Evacuation Area
As you make your evacuation plan, it’s important to consider your evacuation areas. You will want to have two specific locations, one closer to the building and one over a block away. This way, in case of a more severe emergency, employees will be safe. Always refer to your evacuation areas by their specific location to prevent confusion. For your closer evacuation area, you’ll want to make sure to have sites on both sides of the building in case of heavy winds.
Practice Makes Perfect
The most important part of your fire evacuation plan is to practice it in full. As you run drills, you may notice that there are gaps in your program, which you will want to fill before a real emergency strikes. Exercises are required by OSHA but may be required more frequently depending on local laws. It’s also a good rule of thumb to practice more often if your business has a high turnover rate or is at higher risk of incidents.
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