Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Conducting Fire Drills At Work

Conducting Fire Drills

Fire drills are a crucial element to keeping your employees and coworkers safe in the event of a fire, but fire drills are about more than just being prepared in the event of a fire. 

Ensuring that the people who work in your building know the appropriate evacuation routes can also help them leave safely in the event of a gas or chemical leak, a power outage, or any other kind of emergency situation which may happen at work.

With this in mind, it’s easy to see why practicing fire drills is important: it ensures that your employees know how and where to leave the building, and can do so in a calm and organized fashion. Practiced evacuation procedures also mean that they know the designated meeting areas a safe distance from the building, which can be instrumental in helping first responders rescue anyone who may be unaccounted for in the event of an emergency.

Keep reading to learn how you can conduct a fire drill at work:

Create a Safety Committee

Safety committees play important roles in keeping their coworkers safe, and ideally should include at least one member from each department. Having one committee member per department ensures that there is a knowledgeable team member in charge of safely evacuating their team to the designated meeting area outside the building.

Provide Employees with Evacuation Information

Stress that employees need to know the appropriate evacuation path from their desk or work area, as well as alternative routes in the event that the path is blocked or unsafe. Post evacuation routes in public spaces, such as lunch rooms, board rooms, and bathrooms, and post evacuation signs throughout the building in hallways as reminders.

Employees should also know how to report a fire if they spot one, who to contact in the event of an emergency, and how to use a fire extinguisher.

Use Varied Scenarios

Practicing your evacuation procedures is critical to success, but emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, which means you need to be prepared by providing varied emergency scenarios to your employees.  Create signs like “Exit blocked - use the alternate route” and post them on doors and stairwells to test your employees and make sure that they know the best alternate path to take.

Practice Often 

It’s important to conduct regular fire drills, but not to test too often because your employees may become complacent and not react quickly in the event of a real emergency. We suggest conducting training every two weeks initially, and then tapering off to conducting them every 2 - 3 months or so.

For more information about fire safety preparedness and the tools to keep your business safe during an emergency, contact Bison Fire Protection at 204-237-3473.

Posted by Rob Read at 9:48 AM

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