An emergency fire plan is essential for any building that isn’t a private home. Businesses with more than five employees, or which are licensed, are required to create a formal emergency fire plan that is available for anyone to look at. For other organisations, developing a formal or informal plan will ensure that everyone knows what to do in an emergency and this could help save lives if such a situation arises. A fire plan should always be created alongside comprehensive fire protection measures. So, what does it entail?
If you want to ensure that your business’ emergency fire plan is effective then it’s important to start with the essentials. This includes consideration of a number of different background factors, such as:
How and when are you going to provide training to everyone in the building so that it becomes second nature to react well if there is an emergency.
A system of fire detection
Your business should already have this in place but it may be necessary to reevaluate whether it’s the right option and/or whether it needs improving or upgrading.
Most workplaces today are diverse and that may mean that there are multiple different types of needs when it comes to an emergency situation. Ensuring that your plan takes into account how everyone will escape is key.
Every emergency fire plan should set out information such as:
- What fire detection system is in place, why this was chosen and how it functions
- How staff should respond to discovering a fire and what the procedure is in terms of warning other people in the building
- When it’s appropriate to call the emergency services and who is responsible for doing so
- What constitutes a false alarm and how to distinguish between this and a genuine emergency
- Identifying escape routes. An emergency fire plan should set out how people will get out of the building if there is a fire. It’s essential to identify escape routes well in advance and to ensure that these are as short and safe as possible. The plan should also identify how these escape routes are marked so that they are easy to find
- Meeting points. The plan should include details of where staff meetings points are located so that everyone knows where to go once an evacuation has taken place
- What firefighting equipment is on site and how this is accessible. It’s also a good idea to identify the people who should access this equipment if there is an emergency
- How people particularly at risk are to be evacuated if there is an emergency, for example those with physical disabilities
- Dealing with processes and equipment. What needs to be shut down, turned off or isolated in an emergency situation
Creating an emergency fire plan is essential for any organisation. This should be integrated with sound fire protection measures, both active and passive, as well as a schedule of training so that everyone is aware of what is necessary if an emergency situation arises.
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