Creating a Fire Drill Procedure for Your Business | SERVPRO® of Alamo Heights
If you run a business with staff on-site, it is important that you educate all of your employees on fire safety for when they are on the premises.
Fires impact many businesses every single year and can be devastating, but by creating a regular fire drill routine with your employees, you can ensure that everyone can escape the building safely if flames do begin.
How to Establish a Fire Drill Procedure for Your Business
Consult with your local fire officials. Getting in touch with your local fire department is often a great place to start on any aspect of fire preparedness for your business. They will typically be happy to consult with you on fire safety measures your business can take, including the best evacuation routes and fire procedures to go over with your staff.
Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. Involving the staff in your fire safety planning is a great way to make sure everyone is on the same page and can make everyone feel safer in the workplace. Make sure you install proper signage so that evacuation routes are well-designated, and communicate with staff so they know the route they will be taking at your next drill.
Have fire drills frequently. Once a fire begins to spread, time is not on your side in regard to escaping safely—that is why it is so important to ensure that staff have memorized exactly what to do through the participation in regular drills. Hosting drills at least every quarter should be sufficient to ensure staff knows exactly what to do.
Run different fire scenarios. There are many ways that a fire can start, so hosting drills that only deal with one scenario can do your staff a disservice if a real fire scenario is different from the one they have been practicing for. When you have your drills, have the fire originate in different areas and block various exits to make sure that staff can adapt their fire safety training to any situation.
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