Have a Plan in Place for Workplace Fire Drills | SERVPRO® of East San Antonio
When you own a business, you want to do everything you can to protect it and plan ahead for potential worries—but are you planning for the event of a fire? Commercial fires happen more frequently than many people realize, but by making sure you and your staff know what to do, you can reduce your liability and keep everyone much safer.
Planning out your evacuation routes and communicating them with staff is a great way to be sure you are all as prepared as possible for the event of a fire starting. From there, you should host regular fire drills to make sure the knowledge is solidified and everyone is ready.
A Guide to Hosting Regular Fire Drills for Your Business
Consult with your local fire officials. Fire officials are an amazing resource when it comes to planning out your fire safety efforts, so definitely get in touch with them and gain their insight into your fire drill strategy. They can often come by and help you identify evacuation routes and other special considerations that might impact your fire drills.
Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. Once the evacuation routes have been decided upon, make sure to put up signs that identify them clearly. Let your staff know about the pathways, and prepare them in advance for the first fire drill so they can familiarize themselves with the routes.
Have fire drills frequently. Most companies host fire drills once a quarter to make sure everyone is familiar with the ideal procedures. This will give everyone a chance to rehearse in a low-stress scenario, and then you can have a roundup to discuss any concerns or successes that arose as part of the process to refine the drill for next time.
Run different fire scenarios. While some places like the office kitchen are statistically where a fire might start, it is important to remember that they can begin anywhere. Make sure you take this into account as you plan your fire drills—run through different scenarios that involve various exits being blocked so that no matter what the reality of a situation is, your staff is prepared.
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