Wednesday, January 02, 2019

How Do I Set Up a Fire Drill For My Business?

Fire Drill

“How do I set up a fire drill for my business?” is a question that every business owner should ask themselves as part of their fire preparation planning. A fire drill plan ensures that your staff are properly trained in what to do in the event of a fire, including how to safely leave the building in an emergency.

The experts at Bison Fire Protection suggest that you schedule at least one fire drill per year in your building (one per building if you own multiple properties). By scheduling regular fire drills you can reduce the potential risk of injury, confusion, and potential disorientation if a fire emergency occurs in the building.

Follow these steps to set up a fire drill for your business that will keep your staff protected in an emergency situation:

1. Schedule the Fire Drill

Choose the day you want to conduct the fire drill and contact the company that monitors your alarm system to let them know there will be a drill. This step is critical to ensuring that the fire department doesn’t get called!

Let them know the exact time of the drill, and how long you expect it to take.

2. Initiate the Fire Drill

To initiate the fire drill, check your fire alarm panel to see if there’s a “Fire Drill” option. If there is, then you can use this feature to activate the alarms quickly and easily.

If there’s no “Fire Drill” option, simply use the closest pull station to sound the alarms and begin the drill.

3. Evacuate the Building

As everyone is evacuating the building, pay attention to:

  • How long does it take for everyone to evacuate?
  • Does everyone know the procedures to exit safely?
  • Are people closing doors behind them as they are exiting?
  • Is everyone staying cool, calm, and collected?
  • Was everyone accounted for during the headcount?

Your answers to these questions will tell you if you need to conduct another fire drill in the near future to reinforce the information needed to keep everyone safe.

4. End the Drill

Once the drill is complete and everyone has exited the building, record the data on how long it took to evacuate and any changes or improvements you can make for next time.

Once the drill is over, silence the alarm by either resetting the pull station, or the fire alarm system. Now it’s safe for everyone to re-enter the building, and time to contact the fire alarm monitoring company to let them know the drill is complete.

Protect Your Business Today

If you operate a business in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Saskatoon, or Regina and are looking to know more about how to protect your investment from fire damage, contact the experts at Bison Fire Protection by calling 866-441-3473 today to schedule an appointment with a fire safety experts.

Posted by Rob Read at 11:28 AM


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