Fire drills make it possible for workers to practice exiting the office in the case of an emergency. A practiced exit program will allow all to react quickly, calmly, and safely in case of a true emergency. Periodic drills may also be necessary as part of your insurance policy.
Fire Drill Objectives
The Primary Purpose of your fire drill should be to get everybody out efficiently and safely in the event of an emergency however, as part of the, your objectives should include:
- Giving employees an opportunity to practice emergency procedures in a simulated environment
- Assessing whether workers can execute assigned emergency responsibilities
- Recognizing whether the evacuation procedures were successful
- Contemplating any changes or alterations to improve performance
- Complying with any fire code or insurance requirements
How frequently you hold fire drills should be decided by the local fire code and your office fire hazards. Flammable materials) or elaborate exit processes (eg. A high-rise construction ), fire drills should be conducted more often. For these kinds of workplaces, fire drills scheduled every 3 weeks may be appropriate, whereas other offices might just require drills every six months.
Announced vs. Unannounced
By way of instance, an announced drill might be preferred if you’re introducing a new evacuation process. If workers are learning a new process, a scheduled drill will allow them to learn more efficiently. But because emergency situations are never intended, you also need to use unannounced drills to determine how people will respond and to be sure everyone can depart efficiently and safely.
Your security team should debrief after every fire drill to evaluate how it went and if any changes to roles or procedures are necessary. They should consider things like:
- Did all workers hear the alarm?
- Did all workers evacuate?
- Did workers shut down equipment before they evacuated?
- Can the designated workers carry out their security duties?
- Did workers follow evacuation routes?
- Did any workers need assistance?
- Did workers go to meeting areas once they exited?
- Why was everyone accounted for?
These are a crucial part of workplace safety and will help protect workers from not only fire but also other scenarios that require a fast exit from the workplace like power outages.