The First Step to Take in Workplace Fire Preparedness | SERVPRO® of North Kenosha County
Regardless of the industry you own a business in, planning for workplace fires is something that is wise to do. While some industries carry more risk than others, fires impact so many businesses every year, but some simple planning can significantly reduce how much danger they can cause you.
Ensuring the safety of your staff and yourself are of the utmost concern when planning for fire safety, which is why we always recommend starting your fire plan with evacuation drills. Giving everyone the tools they need to safely get out of the building will reduce the damage a fire can cause and allow firefighters to move in and extinguish it as quickly as possible.
Start Your Business’ Fire Plan With Evacuation Drills
Consult with your local fire officials. There is plenty of great information online regarding how to increase workplace fire safety, but do not forget to make use of your own local resources as well. You can generally get in touch with your local fire department to have them pay your business a visit and instruct you on how to plan drills and evacuation routes to best serve your needs.
Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. Once you have mapped out the evacuation drills for your building, mark them well so they are visible and discuss evacuation procedures with the staff. Preparing everyone in advance for a drill is the best way to ensure that no one panics and everyone remembers exactly what to do from their pre-drill briefing.
Have fire drills frequently. Every business will have different needs regarding the frequency of their fire evacuation drills, but the general guidelines to keep in mind are to have them frequently enough that they stay fresh in the minds of employees, but do not do them too regularly that they are not taken seriously.
Run different fire scenarios. There are many possibilities for how a fire could start in a workplace, so it is important to take all of this into account when doing your planning. Mix it up when planning your drills so staff are comfortable with different mock origins of your fire scenario and can handle changes to evacuation routes and available exits with ease.
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