Fire safety can never be ignored. Workplace fire drills are a crucial part of your responsibilities under the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005 (the RRO). If you do not have a fire drill procedure than staff and visitors could be put at risk, and you may be fined if inspected.
The Importance Of Workplace Fire Drills
It is important to understand how people react in an emergency. By rehearsing fire drills, you can understand how people behave and identify improvements. People need to know what is expected of them if the likelihood of panic is to be reduced. A fire drill lets you review exit routes, assembly points and evacuation plans to improve your fire safety strategy. Don’t forget that fire drills are a legal requirement of the RRO.
How often should workplace fire drills be held?
Employers are required to carry out a fire drill at least once a year. If your workplace has additional risk-factors, then it makes sense to do them more regularly – especially if you have shift-workers as you should aim to include everyone in at least one fire drill per year.
How do you prepare for a workplace fire drill?
The few key stages in fire drill preparation are:
- Make sure you have the right amount of trained fire wardens. Fire wardens should be competent staff who have been trained by a company like RV Fire Systems. There should always be a fire warden on duty –remember to cover shifts, holidays or sickness.
- Keep a staff register. If you know who is at work, you can be sure that the building has been fully cleared. Maybe keep a book at reception.
- Keep evacuation routes clear. Your fire wardens will help by continually monitoring fire exits and routes for blockages.
- Make sure all your fire safety equipment works. Smoke alarms, fire alarm call points and fire extinguishers must all be kept in working order. Contact RV Fire Systems for assistance.
What should be in a workplace fire drill procedure?
- Record how long it takes for the premises to be evacuated and everyone to reach the assembly points. Look for ways to safely increase speed.
- Observe peoples’ behaviour: Take the opportunity to observe how staff behave to adjust your procedure. You may find problems with escape routes, fire doors or people collecting their belongings before leaving.
- Keep records: Keep evidence of the workplace fire drills being completed and who was responsible for the fire safety inspections.
RV Fire SystemsFor advice, training and fire safety equipment supply, installation and maintenance in the North West, contact RV Fire Systems on one of the local numbers below:-
Clitheroe Fire Safety Advisors:- 01200 439333
Preston Fire Safety Advisors:- 01772 970411
Blackpool Fire Safety Advisors:- 01253 804199
Blackburn Fire Safety Advisors:- 01254 367611
Manchester Fire Safety Advisors:- 0161 8260480