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Emergency Fire Procedures for the Workplace

Updated April 17, 2017

When you're faced with a fire at work, there are a few simple things you need to do in order to make sure you and your staff get out safely. With these three simple ideas in mind, everyone can be prepared in case of a fire at work.

Educate the Staff

Each person who is hired should undergo a fire safety class during training. This will allow everyone to understand what the fire procedures are, where the fire extinguishers are, and where to assemble in case of a fire. Each year or so, a brief update on the fire protocol will keep the staff safe and following local fire code regulations. Fire extinguishers and fire alarms should be tested on a semiannual basis to ensure they are working and able to alert the staff in case of emergency.

Leave the Area

If smoke is detected or the fire alarm goes off, the staff should immediately proceed to the nearest doorway. Having signs next to each exit door showing the nearest escape route will help to encourage people to use certain routes and avoid confusion during a stressful time. Workers should not use the elevators as they shut down, so the stairs are the only option in multistoried buildings. If a door feels hot to the touch, instruct the staff to try to find an alternative doorway to use for their exit.

Meeting Place

Once everyone has left the area, the workers should assemble in one place so a headcount can be taken. This will allow the supervisors to check to see who is there and who might still be missing or in the building. Having one main area to assemble will also help emergency crews see who may need to be helped or still rescued.

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