But you can’t all just panic and run.
You need to follow the procedure in your Emergency Plan
. And that means your team need to understand and know how to automatically action it.
Arguably the most important aspect of the Emergency Plan is for everyone to know the evacuation procedure. And that’s where practiced Evacuation Drills come into their own.
Evacuation Drills ensure that the occupants of your premises know what to do in the event of an evacuation being necessary. Quite simply, they save lives!
They are a practice run of a fire alarm being activated and everyone leaving the premises in a calm and timely manner, to ensure safety.
They also present an opportunity to re-think and test your procedures so that you can make any tweaks that you consider necessary. If the configuration of your internal space changes this can influence how people evacuate. If you get new equipment this can also change the evacuation process. If you employ anyone with assisted mobility requirements, this will almost certainly change your processes. Always better to be safe than sorry!
Evacuation Drills should be carried out as a minimum every six months, in a variety of realistic situations.
But we understand when running a business, this is the last thing you have time to plan – even if it is scheduled in your diary. We also know your team don’t appreciate you for making them get out either!
However, in the event of a fire, they will thank you for ensuring they knew exactly what to do to get to safety.
Here at Fire Safety Specialists, we can schedule and design your evacuation drills, and even come along to your premises and observe your drills.
We are trained to look out for the things you could miss and ensure that named individuals, acting as Fire Wardens, undertake their additional roles correctly.
Should things not run smoothly we can discuss with you what additional procedures, training, or changes in the premises, need to be made to ensure that everyone gets out safely without injury, or worse!
Let us take the hassle and stress away from you. Let your team blame us for the disruption. It will be you they thank in the long run.
If you would like to discuss Evacuation Drills or any other requirements you may have, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.