Creating a Fire Evacuation Plan

Integrated Fire SystemsFire & Life Safety Updates

Is Your Property Prepared For A Fire?

No one ever expects a fire to affect them. Fires are fast growing emergencies that need to be prepared for. Fire Alarm and Fire Sprinkler systems do a great job at notifying and protecting you and your building against fire. But, they are not enough. It is vital that you have an easy to follow evacuation plan that allows you and your property’s occupants to get out quickly and safely.

What Should Your Fire Evacuation Plan Include

When creating a fire evacuation plan there is a lot to think about. It is a good idea to start with creating policies and procedures that would be used in the event of an evacuation. These policies and procedures should include:

  • A method for reporting fires and any other emergencies
  • An Escape route; floor plans, workplace maps, and assembly locations
  • Names, titles, and phone numbers of everyone within your building

If your building’s Fire Alarm system is monitored then the alarm will send signals to dispatch a fire truck. But, it is always a good idea to give them a call anyway in the event of a fire. Make sure that you have a phone on you so you can call 911 and evacuate the building.

In order for you and all of your building’s occupants to evacuate the building safely and efficiently you also need an escape route. This escape route should be written down and easy to read in the event of an emergency. Often times having a visual exit map of your building’s floor plan is a helpful tool. It is also extremely important to have an assembly location. Everyone in your building should know of one specific place to meet in the event that your building is evacuated. This way all of your building’s occupants gather in one place so you can get an accurate headcount of who has evacuated the building.

Having an emergency contact list of all the names, titles, and phone numbers of everyone in your building is important. This way you are able to easily get a headcount at your assembly location and you can call anyone’s number who is not there.

Putting Your Plan into Action

Once you have created a fire evacuation plan, you now must be prepared to put that plan into action. As a team your building should practice your escape plan twice a year. This will aid in team building to ensure that you can all work together to evacuate. It will also ensure that everyone knows their evacuation route as well as where the assembly location is. It is also important to inform any new employees of the evacuation plan when they are hired. This way they will know how and where to evacuate in the event a fire happens before the next drill.

-The IFS Team