We all know that Fire & Life Safety planning saves assets and lives. Is your emergency response pre-plan up to par? If your plan is gathering dust in a file cabinet, it may be time to review its effectiveness.
Does your plan cover the following general areas?
Additionally, your pre-plan should provide the following information in advance to all emergency responders:
– Floor plans and large scale maps showing evacuation routes and service conduits (such as gas and water lines)
– Number of building occupants, how that varies per shift and any special evacuation needs
– Length of challenging hose stretches to various points in building
– Limitations on ground/aerial ladder access
– Details on protection/detection features (fire and carbon monoxide detectors, hose connections, water supplies, fire alarm panels, etc.)
– Means to ventilate the building
– Elevator locations and how to control/access them
– Location of hazardous materials
– Where a spill in or around the building would drain
– Information on confined spaces in the building
– Location of potential medevac landing zones and triage areas
– Door swing directions and other important “access” information
The most effective Fire & Life Safety plans manage, track and monitor all emergency preparedness information from one central, web-based location that can be accessed by building occupants at any time, they keep records secure with Tier 1 off-site data storage and they automate their emergency notification and response process.
*Sources: OSHA, Campus Safety Magazine