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Posted on September 30, 2013

Importance of a Workplace Fire Evacuation Plan

In grade school, fire drills were a common occurrence—something our elementary-school-aged selves looked forward to. As kids, fire drills meant extra time in the field behind the school and less time practicing our cursive. But when is the last time that your workplace conducted a fire drill?

Despite the age difference between a fourth grader and a working adult, having a workplace fire evacuation plan can make a big difference when a fire breaks out in your office or on your property. Even if you have a comprehensive fire protection and suppression system, are you employees protected?

Do I Need an Evacuation Plan for My Office?

While fire sprinklers, extinguishers, and suppressants are installed to diffuse a fire as quickly as possible at the source, sometimes the safest way to handle a fire emergency is to get out as fast as possible. Having an emergency evacuation plan and instinctively knowing how to execute it is crucial for these situations—stopping the fire might be too dangerous without the help of firefighting professionals.

Fires and other emergencies in your office building can be extremely stressful. But with the proper training and instruction, you can reduce the panic and make sure everyone understands the quickest ways to get out of the building while staying safe. 

Developing an Office Fire Evacuation Plan

If you’re not sure what your fire emergency plans should be, consult a fire protection company to develop a thorough and effective evacuation plan. Once the plan is established, make sure it is posted throughout your building in places that are easily visible. Keep in mind, each location where the plan is posted should have at least two exit routes in case one area is blocked from the fire.

Kauffman Co. can help you design an emergency plan based on the layout of your office building that will quickly and effectively get all of your employees to safety. If you already have an emergency evacuation in place, we can also help you arrange fire drills so that all of your employees will know exactly what they are supposed to do in the event of an emergency.

Educating Your Employees of the Workplace Fire Evacuation Plan

While usually only one or two employees will correspond with your office’s fire protection company (maybe it’s your office manager or director of business services), it’s important for all employees to know how they fit into the plan. Each employee should:

  • Know where fire extinguishers are located throughout the office
  • Be trained to use fire extinguishers
  • Have more than one evacuation route
  • Participate in regular company-wide evacuation drills
  • Know the location of all fire alarms and how to use them
  • Contribute to keeping exits clear of furniture, equipment, materials, and trash
  • Avoid storing anything in stairways—stairways and landings should always be clear
  • Understand their role in the chain of command during an emergency—what if someone is on vacation?

While practicing fire drills and going through fire protection and prevention training may seem like a waste of work hours, it is always best to be prepared. Will your business be able to run if people are severely injured while trying to blindly evacuate during a fire emergency?

Preparing for a Fire Emergency

If you are looking for a fire protection company to help you create a fire safety plan for your Houston, Texas office or property, or for more office fire safety tips to keep you, your employees, and your assets safe, contact Kauffman Co. today! Fill out the red form to the right to get in touch with one of our fire protection experts.

We provide estimates for new and replacement fire protection systems throughout Texas (TX) in:

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