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How can fire drill procedures improve your building’s safety?

Jul 1, 2021

Fire drills help reinforce all the important information people need to know when faced with an emergency fire. 

Practice makes perfect, as the old adage goes. In the event of a real fire danger, organisations that have undergone fire drills are more likely to evacuate safely and in line with their evacuation plans, compared to organisations whose teams are untrained in their procedures. A culture of fire drills can save lives – it’s really that simple. 

Why is it crucial to undergo fire drills at your organisation?
 

They minimise damage 

Fires can quickly spread out of control in the nick of time. Mere seconds can do a lifetime of damage. The most important time during a fire is the moment where the blaze is still small and manageable. During which, untrained individuals are likely to waste time fumbling to follow instructions, find exits and move to safety. Meanwhile, trained individuals can confidently escape.

 

They help people follow procedures

Did you know only half of building occupants are confident in their evacuation plans? Evacuation plans ensure all staff understand roles and responsibilities. When people are familiar with the emergency evacuation plan and evacuation diagrams of their facility, they’re far more likely to escape safely. Evacuation diagrams detail the location of fire extinguishers and other equipment in the premises, helping you access it faster and more effectively, while ensuring everyone gets to safety in the quickest and most efficient way.

They help prevent risks all together

Prevention is always better than a cure. Having adequate fire evacuation training reduces the risk of fire in the first place. When people are trained to be fire-conscious, a blaze is far less likely to occur, eliminating damage caused in the very first instance. It’s crucial to train and maintain training in the prevention of fires, in line with the unique risks present to your premises and business.

How do I develop a detailed Fire Evacuation Plan?

Fire evacuation training should never mean sending your building occupants scurrying madly toward the exit in a panic as the alarm goes off. Instead, you’ll need a carefully organised and detailed plan. 

  • This should take into account details like unique risks present at your facility. As part of this, you should consider the various chemicals, flammable liquids and appliances that could start a fire, as well as the climate and fire risks present in your environment.
  •  In addition, you should establish roles and responsibilities for the fire evacuation team, including that of fire warden, while ensuring that evacuation routes, emergency exits, and evacuation procedures are clearly mapped out, along with equipment like smoke detectors, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers. 

What is the best way to conduct a fire drill?

Get everyone on board 

There’s no point having a great evacuation plan in place if your team is not adequately trained in the evacuation procedures and ready to make the drill a success. Employees need to feel the fire drill is important; otherwise, they won’t take it seriously. You should also communicate the plan for all fire drills and make this abundantly clear and accessible at all times. 

Learn from each fire drill

Your team should set goals and standards for each drill so you can take what you’ve learned from your first drills into subsequent drills. For example, you may wish to make the evacuation process faster next time if you find that team members are too slow to escape, due to remaining on their phones, assembling in the wrong spaces, or using the bathrooms when they should be evacuating to safety. 

Practice the fire drill

Ensure you’re doing regular practice drills, but don’t make each one the same. Changing up certain variables within the drill can help train employees on how to react in the situation that different kinds of disasters strike. For example, by adding obstacles such as closed stairwells, broken elevators, and blocked exits, you can simulate environments that could arise.

 

Ready to improve your building’s fire safety practices? Fire Block Plans is here to help you and your team. Our highly-qualified experts will help find a suitable emergency evacuation plan, no matter how unique your requirements may be. Contact us today for more information.