As an organisation you must have a Fire Emergency Evacuation plan or FEEP. This is a document which will include information regarding fire safety within your organisation. The plan will outline a detailed approach that should be taken by all employees/visitors within the event of a fire. An organisation should also take into consideration how they will evacuate any persons with disabilities and then create a personal emergency evacuation plan – PEEP, this plan will give information on how to safely and effectively evacuate persons with disabilities. A Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan should consider those persons who are:
It is important to test your fire evacuation plan and it is recommended that organisations test their emergency evacuation every 6 months. Testing your plan will allow you to ascertain if you are able to safely evacuate your building in a timeous manner and it will also give your fire wardens practical training in their roles, and also ensure employees practice safely evacuating a building. These drills will help you identify and faults in your evacuation plan.
All businesses should consider the risks that a fire would present to their organisation and then consider how they plan on preserving life. A fire evacuation plan should be documented and can be included within staff inductions and also posted in relevant areas within the building. The information in a Fire Evacuation Plan gives information on what to do when the fire bell is activated. A fire plan should include the following information.
When you discover a fire and are evacuating, keep these things in mind so that the safety of all are not compromised.
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