The fact that you manage a high-rise building doesn’t exempt you from a fire evacuation plan. People still need to feel as safe on the 100th floor as they do on the first floor.
But having a building that stretches that high can present problems when it comes to fire evacuation. So how do you create a hi-rise office block fire evacuation plan? Great question.
Today, we’re going to go over the key elements of any solid fire evacuation plan for a hi-rise building. This includes anything from condos to sports stadiums.
By the end of this article, you’ll feel confident in managing a fire safety plan that keeps everyone in your building safe. Even while it’s all hitting the fan.
Let’s get going!
Know Your Fire Evacuation Plan
All of the building officials should be aware of what the current fire evacuation plan is. The plan should outline what residents or event attendants are supposed to do in case of an emergency.
The plan should be made visible at multiple points throughout the building. That way residents can review the plan and become familiar with any muster points, or key areas, associated with the plan.
You’ll also want to test this plan as often as possible. You’ll also want to make sure automatic sprinkler systems are installed throughout the building.
It’s a good idea to participate in fire safety drills with your condo residents when you have them. Most areas of the country suggest having these drills about once a year with all of the building residents.
No Elevators Allowed
A lot of residents may have the instinct to run for the elevator. It’s only natural since it’s typically the fastest way out of the building. This is a big no-no.
Elevators run on a lot of electricity. In the event of a fire, it’s easy for these electrical systems to short. Once the elevator shorts, the elevator won’t be operational.
This could result in people being stuck inside the building.
One of the fundamental rules of fire safety is to get low to the ground. A large percentage of deaths during fires are actually due to smoke inhalation. Getting low to the ground and crawling to safety allows you to travel through the least smoky area of the building.
Signal For Safety
If you can get yourself to a window, do your best to signal to firefighters and other first responders. Wave a flashlight or some sort of cloth to get their attention. The sooner you can get them to your building, the better.
Timing is everything when it comes to fire safety.
Defeat the Heat
Those are some of the basics of any good fire evacuation plan. Fire evacuation planning is one of the most important parts of managing a hi-rise building.
If you have any questions on how to improve your plan or make your building safer in the event of a fire, request a quote today. The team at United Fire is more than happy to help. Keeping people safe is what we do.