Does Your Burnips Business Have a Fire Evacuation Plan?
When a fire threatens your employees and business, there are numerous things that can go wrong. While fires are dangerous enough, the threat is often enhanced by panic and chaos if your company is not prepared. The best way to prevent this from happening is to have a detailed and rehearsed evacuation plan. The following are ideas to start your plan or to improve your existing one:
- Plan for various scenarios - you want to start your plan with basic questions to uncover primary threats your business may face in the case of a fire. The following are a few questions to ponder, where might fires start? How and why would they start? What if "X" happens?
- Determine escape routes and nearest exits - the best plan will include primary and secondary escape routes. Exit routes and fire escapes should be clearly marked and clear of furniture or other obstructions. It is also very important to designate an area outside for employees to gather and collect a headcount.
- Create a communication plan - designate someone whose primary job is to call the fire department as well as communicate with customers and the news media if necessary.
- Know your tools and inspect them - the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends refilling reusable fire extinguishers every 10 years and replacing disposable ones every 12 years. When's the last time you checked yours? Make sure to periodically remind employees about the location of fire extinguishers throughout the workplace as well.
- Rehearse fire evacuation plan - conducting regular fire drills minimizes confusion and can reduce panic when a real fire occurs. You should plan for annual or semi-annual rehearsals.
Here at SERVPRO of Allegan / Barry County and SERVPRO of Van Buren County we care about you and your Burnips business. If you need help after a fire we are Here to help®. Give us a call today, 269-686-0664