Thinking that a serious fire emergency won’t ever happen to you? Take a look at these alarming stats:
- Each year there are over 205 workplace fires.
- Over 5,000 workplace injuries are caused by fire-related incidents annually.
- Fires can double in size every 60 seconds.
As we gear up for Fire Prevention Week (October 7th-13th), emergency preparedness has been a hot topic on my mind. While you might think to change the batteries in your smoke detector or make sure that your fire extinguishers are fully charged, there’s a whole lot more that goes into being prepared for a fire emergency.
Today I wanted to bring a focus to the important of creating a fire evacuation plan and share some helpful tips that you can use to help create your own. We’ve all daydreamed about what we would do if there was a fire, but when’s the last time you actually practiced? Or, even shared your plan with your workers? Here are my top four tips to creating a safe emergency evacuation plan for your workplace:
- Clearly identify the exits in your workplace.
- Ensure that they are never blocked or covered so that they can be used at any time.
- Create a map that clearly illustrates where to go. When there’s a fire people panic. Having a resource posted by each of the escape routes is key.
- Each worker should always be within 75 feet of a door they can escape through in case of an emergency.
- As an equal-opportunity employer, it’s essential to have a plan that includes everyone. This includes recognizing how to best help those with:
- Mobility issues
- Temporary injuries
- Medical conditions
- Vision impairment
- Consider investing in an evacuation chair to ensure that people with reduced mobility are able to safely exit your building
- Training is key for evacuation success.
- Routinely discuss emergency safety protocol and make sure that you always dedicate time to discuss the plan during on-boarding training with new employees.
Practice, practice, practice
- Run fire drills every six months.
There are a lot of important parts to a solid emergency plan, but determining where to go if a fire loses control can be the difference between life and death. Looking for more resources? Check out the icons below to view all of our fire preparedness information here which includes a Workplace Fire Safety Assessment Plan, Fire Extinguisher Guide and more.