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How to Create a Fire Escape Plan for Your Organization

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that fire departments responded to an average of 3,830 fires in office properties per year from the period of 2007 to 2011.

A fire can wreak havoc and confusion in a matter of minutes, destroying precious property and lives.

That’s why it’s important to have a fire escape plan for your organization so that you can ensure a minimal level of confusion and a proper evacuation for all your employees to safety. 

If you don’t have a fire safety plan yet, then read on to see some steps to take asap to ensure your employee and property safety. 

1. Imagine Scenarios of Where the Fire Could Start

According to the NFPA, electrical distribution and lighting equipment was the most common reason for fires at workplaces (besides arson) and it caused 15% of property damage. 

This kind of fire cannot be predicted, but there are other possibilities that you could consider, like cooking fires, flammable material lying around, and more. 

Once you know what kind of fire scenarios are possible, you can start planning for them and take measures against them. 

2. Establish Employee Roles and Responsibilities 

It might be a bit annoying for your employees, but having designated fire wardens, and fire volunteers in your organization is a great addition to a fire escape plan.

These fire wardens and volunteers would be able to meet up every month to create a plan, check fire extinguishers, fire alarms, and sprinklers systems, train new employees on the evacuation plan, and more.

3. Create a Plan for Communication

Always have a designated person who handles communications to the fire station, and another one that directs the flow of traffic, and the evacuation plan during a fire. 

A fire can be chaotic and that’s why having a clear method of communication using text, email, phone, and more is necessary. This reduces the chance that an employee wouldn’t hear the call for an evacuation. 

4. Plan and Map an Evacuation Route

This is usually the first thing that comes to people’s minds when they think fire escape plan. 

Look at the way your office building is structured to figure out the best method for the evacuation of all employees to safety. Always have an assembly area for everyone to gather at after the evacuation. 

5. Rehearse Your Fire Escape Plan

A fire escape plan sounds good in theory, but how about in practice? It might not be as much chaos as if it were a real fire, but a rehearsal will show you the gaps in your evacuation plan.

Conduct regular fire drills at work. And ensure that everyone from upper management to the lower echelons is involved in this. 

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Fire Prevention and Fire Safety Are Crucial To an Organization’s Success

Without a proper fire escape plan, all your organization’s hard work and success could go up in smoke and ashes in a matter of minutes. 

Don’t let that happen to you. If you are responsible for the fire protection in your large commercial or industrial building, then check out United Fire’s services to help you with appropriate life safety measures. 

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