Effective Fire Evacuation Plan
Guest Post By: Workplace Emergency Management
Fires are a serious threat to households and organizations as these emergencies never come with a warning. Most startups and small companies don’t have an emergency plan or fire evacuation plan that can be a huge risk in emergencies. Every organization, whether big or small, should have a fire evacuation plan that they can use in case of fire breakouts.
Having an evacuation plan secures your business assets and employees in case of an emergency. There are many things to consider that make a fire evacuation plan effective. Let us explore all such things and use them for creating an emergency exit plan.
Consider All the Scenarios.
A fire can start due to any reason at any place. In the case of a company or organization, you need to check all the materials in our office that might catch fire. Also, consider all the reasons like the malfunctioning of electrical equipment, wood, paper waste, clutter, or flammable chemicals that can cause a fire.
Create a Quick Response Team
You need to create a team of people who can receive training to act as lifesavers in emergencies. If you are too busy to do that, you can hire a fire warden to choose people and create a fire exit plan for your business. All the members of this team should be reliable, present, and fit enough to respond quickly in case of emergencies.
Roles and Responsibilities
Once you have a team of employees to act during emergencies, you can choose a chief fire warden, assistant fire warden, and root guides. Then assign them the roles and responsibilities they need to handle in case of fires.
Make a Plan for Communication
Choose a person for the responsibility of communicating with the fire safety services and all the departments in your company to guide them evacuate the building. You can also assign the role of communication to the assistant fire warden. The primary role of this person is to communicate with department heads, leaders, news media, and external safety services. Also, the department heads and team leaders should communicate the messages quickly to their teams so that every employee can act quickly as per the instructions.
Plan and Map Routes
The most important thing in an evacuation plan is the exit routes. If your building has a number of entry and exit routes, you should classify them as primary and secondary routes. Mark them with clear signs to guide new employees and visitors. Companies with large offices should make multiple maps and routes. Also, they should mail them to every employee and train them about how to use the routes.
Decide on an Assembly Area
Once your employees come out from the building, they should assemble in a common area so that a fire warden can take their attendance. You need to designate some space for an assembly area, where all the people can gather after coming out of the building in an emergency. The assembly area should be at a safe distance and not too close to the building.
The firefighting equipment is also a part of the fire evacuation plan. If you have it in your organization, it’s good; otherwise, you must install the equipment like fire extinguishers, fire hoses, fire alarms, etc. Businesses that have already installed the fire equipment devices should get them inspected every six months to ensure they are in proper working condition. Sometimes the devices like fire alarms and sprinklers get clogged due to non-maintenance for a long time.
Fire Safety Training
Most small organizations with less than 100 employees usually ignore the requirement of fire safety training. Whether your business is small or large, your employees need fire safety training to learn how to respond in case of a fire. So, it is essential for you to conduct fire safety training once a year so that the new employees can also be trained.
Fire Evacuation Drills or Rehearsal
It is essential to conduct evacuation drills that enable your employees to practice the evacuation plan. Merely knowing the exit plan is not enough. Your employees need to practice it in order to respond in the right ways during an actual fire emergency.
Follow Up and Report
The chief fire warden or assistant fire warden needs to communicate with others and track the real-time progress during the evacuation. He can ask for real-time updates to know who is safe and who needs help. You can create an emergency mobile application for a fire like emergencies. All the employees can respond to the app in such situations, and the fire warden can also count the people after evacuation through that app.
Evacuation plans are essential for every business but are not limited to fire situations. Organizations can also use the fire exit plans in other emergencies like natural disasters to some extent and save lives. Following the tips in this post can help you create a sound fire evacuation plan for your business.
Workplace Emergency Management
Workplace Emergency Management offers fire safety training to businesses in Sydney. They have been offering safety training to a variety of businesses and industries. The company is located in New South Wales but serves many places in Australia to revolutionize the concept of safety for businesses.