A Guide to Hosting Regular Fire Drills for Your Business | SERVPRO® of Flagstaff/East Sedona
Mitigating your risk levels is an important part of business ownership, but that means being concerned with more than just market downturns. Fires can be difficult for businesses to endure, and for those who have not adequately prepared, they can be devastating.
One of the best ways to bring fire safety to the forefront is by practicing fire evacuations with your on-site staff. Educating everyone on what to do is a great way to foster a sense of community and safety throughout the workplace, and if a fire does start, everyone knowing exactly what to do will reduce panic and ensure employees feel empowered.
Bring Fire Safety to the Forefront for Your Business
Consult with your local fire officials. Your local fire officials are a resource to definitely make use of as you plan out your fire drill process. They can come in and consult you on the best fire evacuation routes from various points of the building and give you fire safety pointers so you can take steps to reduce your overall risk.
Communicate and mark fire evacuation routes. Once the evacuation routes have been decided upon, make sure to put up signs that identify them clearly. Let your staff know about the pathways, and prepare them in advance for the first fire drill so they can familiarize themselves with the routes.
Have fire drills frequently. Having fire drills often—but not so often that they become mundane—is key to solidifying the safety procedures in everyone’s minds. Many businesses schedule drills to take place once every quarter, but you may find that your needs vary depending on your industry and staff size.
Run different fire scenarios. Though we know that fires are statistically likely to break out in the office kitchen or around electrical components, that is not the only possible scenario that would cause employees to need to evacuate. Make sure you have different fire “origins” as part of your drills so you are running different scenarios and preparing for different situations.
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