Tips For Creating a Fire Evacuation Plan


When you run a business, it is important that you make your building safe for all of your employees, customers, and clients. This includes ensuring you have proper protection from fire. After installing fire alarms and having fire safety equipment on the premises, you also need to create an evacuation plan. The following tips will help you do that.

Choose a Meeting Place Outside

The first part of the evacuation plan is to figure out a good place for everyone to meet outside. This lets you get a head count so you can make sure all employees have made it out safely. It is also a good idea to have a sign-in sheet for any vendors or clients visiting you, and get a head count of any of them that have not signed out. You can bring the sheet out with you when evacuating just to be sure you have everyone. The meeting place should be outside and a safe distance from the building, preferably in a designated spot in the parking lot or next to a light post everyone knows about.

Find the Exits

You also need to let your employees know where the emergency exits are and how to get out of the building safely. Ensure everyone knows to never take the elevator during a fire. They need to go to the nearest emergency exit and go down the stairs and out the building swiftly.

Create an Evacuation Map

When you have chosen a meeting spot and know the safe places in the building to exit, such as the emergency exits and stairs that lead out of the building, you can then create a map. This should be a detailed map, but also one that is easy to follow. You want to post the map in all high-traffic areas of the building in case someone forgets what the fire evacuation plan is. The map includes symbols of where emergency exits are and routes for how to get there the fastest. It should also include symbols for fire extinguishers in the building. Additionally, include a symbol for where you keep your first aid kit.

Have a Fire Alarm System

The fire alarm warns everyone in the building about the fire so they can get up swiftly and make it out of the building safely. Employees should know exactly what to do and where to go when a fire alarm sounds. It is good to have drills on a routine basis so that people are comfortable with what the plan is. It is also good to run new employees through the drills shortly after they start working there.


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