Preparing for Fire Evacuation can Help Safeguard Employees
As a conscientious and responsible business owner, your books are in order, your inventory is up to date and you have training programs in place for your employees. It is only natural that you have an efficient and orderly escape and contingency plan prepared to safeguard employees in the event of a fire.
What Should an Employee Escape Plan Include?
An evacuation plan should include ways for every single employee to escape from the building even if they are in the restroom or the basement storage area. Here are some good things to implement in your plan:
- Make sure all fire and smoke alarms are in good working order and can be heard from all areas of the building
- Install a fire sprinkler system and make sure it is working
- Place fully charged fire extinguishers of various kinds at key locations
- Hold regularly scheduled drills and have a contingency plan in place to ensure each employee understands how to get out
- Arrange a place where all employees report in to make sure everyone got out
Involve Your Employees
Legally, any employee who feels they are in unsafe circumstances may call without retaliation and report safety concerns to OSHA, who can impose fines or penalties on the business if not compliant. Get inspected in advance to protect employees’ safety and follow recommendations. Get employees involved in running practice drills and get their input for improvements.
Fire damage, water damage and smoke damage may all occur during a fire and can present hazards to employees if they are unable to escape, or if they try to re-enter the building too soon. As part of your evacuation plan, make sure to have the number of a qualified fire cleaning and restoration service in Cranston, MA on hand so you can quickly get help to board up an unsafe building.
Safeguarding your employees can also safeguard your business. A clear and practicable contingency plan can protect your employees and give you peace of mind.