All businesses need to have a fire emergency plan. Nobody wants to be left manically searching the Internet for advice on how to evacuate a building when a blaze is discovered, or scrambling around trying to find the best escape routes. It’s best to have processes in place in case a fire breaks out. A well-rehearsed fire emergency plan could save lives.
Raise the Alarm
Your building’s fire alarm system should be activated as soon as a blaze is discovered if it hasn’t been triggered automatically. If your company has designated and trained staff members to be fire marshals, they should call the emergency services immediately and prepare to coordinate your firm’s emergency action plan.
All employees should be told to stop what they’re doing and leave your building calmly and quickly as soon as your fire alarm has sounded. They should leave immediately without collecting personal effects. Staff members should use a predetermined escape route that allows enough space for all employees to safely make their way to a meeting point well away from your building. Never use elevators if you suspect a fire has started in your office. Make sure any disabled colleagues are able to get out safely. If your escape route has been blocked by fire, shut all doors and windows in the room you’re in to prevent flames and smoke from coming back in from the outside. Wait for the emergency services to arrive
Once all workers have gathered at your meeting point, your company’s fire marshals should conduct a head count to make sure all employees who were in your building have made it out safely. Do not re-enter your building if anybody is unaccounted for. Inform the emergency services that somebody could still be inside when they arrive if people are missing. All employees should remain at your meeting point until further notice.
Fire marshals who’ve received training in how to respond to a blaze, and have access to safety equipment and fire extinguishers, should be permitted to stay behind to put a manageable fire out and shut down any utility supplies or computer systems. Once fully evacuated, you should not allow any of your workers to return to your building until it has been declared safe by the emergency service personnel. You should hold regular fire drills to familiarize your staff with your emergency action plan. Do this monthly to ensure the plan stays fresh in everyone’s mind.