If you work in a city office building or a remote industrial estate, your employer has probably trained you on fire evacuation procedures in the workplace.
However, there may be a few gaps in your knowledge, so the LifeSafe team are on hand with this general guide to fire evacuation at work.
Roles and Responsibilities
There’s usually one person legally obliged to organise and oversee fire safety procedures.
It can be anyone who has some degree of responsibility like an employer, occupant, owner, landlord, or anyone who has been charged with your premises’ facility maintenance.
The process is the same if you have any paying guests in the house, i.e you become responsible for their safety.
The first part of this is carrying out risk assessments, which should certify everything in your workplace is in proper condition.
Once you’ve carried this out, you then need to regularly review things so that the standards never slip.
There should be a representative to report your assessment to, after which, the appropriate actions will be taken.
This will include planning evacuation procedures, and ensuring each employee has access to the relevant information.
Fire Evacuation Plan
First off, all exit routes and the passageways towards them must be kept clear at all times.
When planning ways to get out, look for the shortest and most direct exits possible, as you don’t want to linger around for longer than necessary.
One thing to look out for is emergency fire doors or other exits that can be accessed quite easily.
You must ensure that everyone knows where to go and what to do. This includes organising training sessions or drills, as well as delivering any essential information via email, leaflets, etc.
The final part of a good evacuation plan is deciding on a safe meeting place that you and staff can rendezvous at a safe distance.
Something to be aware of is any employees with mobility needs or disabilities that may require additional assistance. Be sure to have contingency plans for these cases.
Maintenance and Equipment
Having the correct tools in perfect working order is vital to good fire safety practices.
Let’s start with the basics; fire alarms. Regular tests should be carried out to verify they are all functioning correctly and also to record and rectify any faults or other failures you’ve detected.
A fire can exacerbate these and make them ten times worse. A fire systems maintenance service like https://ea-rsfire.com/ can assist in an end-to-end safety provision and maintenance plan.
LifeSafe Can Help
Know what to do in a fire can be life-saving.
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