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How to create a best-practice fire evacuation checklist

Jan 12, 2021

A fire evacuation checklist is a crucial step in any evacuation plan, for any business, anywhere. 

Fire safety should come first because risk is ever-present and no organisation is ever immune. We live in a nation where fires happen quickly and without warning, whether they’re natural seasonal events or year-round accidents. When faced with an emergency, the goal is to get everyone to safety as fast as humanly possible, which is why a checklist can be so helpful. By planning for an emergency before it happens, you’ll be ready to act quickly and effectively. We’ve put together this best-practice guide to creating your emergency evacuation checklist, so you can ensure yours is the safest possible:

 

1. Find out your main risks 

Get together with your team to determine the most common hazards in your area. Once you’ve determined what these are you may want to research any Disaster Management Plans already in place for these risks. Governments often have a wealth of information, detailed warning systems, evacuation process guidance and info about nominated evacuation routes. Remember, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel when there is already a wealth of information out there for you to use in your research. 


2. Map out possible scenarios and responses

The next step to creating a best-practice fire evacuation plan is to discuss possible scenarios and responses to each kind of emergency. As part of this discussion you should note down the answers to the below questions:

  1.   What would you do in the event of this kind of emergency?
  2.   What are the safest evacuation points for the type of emergency?
  3.   What are the safest meeting places in case of an emergency, nearby and further away from the site?
  4.   What are the medical needs of individuals who frequent this site? You should always pack essential medications and dosages in your Emergency Kit.

Developing scenarios can help you work out what to do when critical areas fail. What are your top three most critical business areas? The Australian Government recommends that you complete a detailed scenario plan based on each of these. 

 

3. Map out your emergency procedures

The next step is probably the most important: outlining all your emergency evacuation procedures, along with your floor plan and the location of emergency exits, emergency kits and safety equipment. You should also include a map of evacuation locations for all emergencies, ensuring your evacuation procedures are clearly displayed using your current evacuation diagrams.

 

4. Have your emergency kits ready to go 

Ensuring emergency kits are packed and ready to go well before the time of emergency is crucial to being able to tick off all the steps in your emergency evacuation checklist. An emergency kit should include important medical supplies, first aid and important documents – the items needed to get everyone to safety faster in an evacuation scenario. The exact contents of these kits will depend on your organisation, its needs, the amount of staff evacuating and other factors. You should also:

  •     Make sure your staff know where it is
  •     Keep this clearly visible to staff
  •     Label it with its contents using the table provided in the kit

Perfecting this step will help guarantee the smoothest and safest evacuation possible, to avoid any hiccups in following the evacuation plan.

 

Resources for building an emergency evacuation checklist

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.