For any business the last thing you want to think about is a fire happening on your premises. Despite this, it’s vital that every business has a fire escape plan in place to ensure the safety of your employees and your business in case a fire does occur.
One of the important factors to consider is the fire escape plan, which will enable all staff members both mobile and disabled to safely exit the building in the event of a fire. At Ifast, we offer independent advice on fire safety and planning your fire escape routes.
When you’re carrying out fire safety training, it’s essential to assess how staff members will be evacuated from the building. It’s crucial that the building is emptied as quickly and safely as possible and a good way to ensure this is to assign Fire Wardens/Marshals within your business. They can help ensure good fire safety is maintained, as well as assist with safe evacuation. Sending staff members on Fire Marshal Courses will give them the necessary knowledge to handle fire drills and real fires appropriately and maintain the best safety measures at all times.
By having Fire Marshals in place, you can reap the benefits of their knowledge and training on how to put fire safety training into practice. This includes fire legislation, fire prevention, raising the alarm, calling the fire brigade, evacuation procedures and roll calls. With this knowledge they can assist in identifying the quickest escape route from the building along with measures to cope with any disabled staff that may not be able to easily exit the building.
When planning your fire escape route Fire Safety Training Courses, and other specialist fire safety courses can really benefit your business.
To create the best fire escape plan you need to identify the quickest route to exit the building from various points. These will be your emergency exits and should be fitted with special Fire Doors that are clearly signed and kept clear at all times.
It’s also important to establish a clear chain of command, to avoid any confusion or miscommunication. Fire Marshalls can help direct and control evacuation flow and ensure it’s done safely, whilst also carrying out roll calls and ensuring all individuals have left the building, including those with disabilities.
Once you have a fire escape plan in place, you should make sure all staff know where the exits are and are familiar with the evacuation process. This should be put into practice with a fire drill, which will help to assess how well your fire escape plan works and areas for improvement.
Continual assessment of fire risks and evacuation procedures will help to maintain fire safety in the workplace and ensure employees can be safely evacuated.