You probably remember participating in annual fire drills as a kid, or maybe your school had them even more often than that. Now that you’re an adult, do you know how to safely exit your office building in the event of a fire? It’s no surprise that offices don’t hold fire drills as often as schools do. After all, we’re all busy working away to make money for our companies and for ourselves. But the safety of working adults is important too, and office fires do happen. Take the time to regularly remind your employees of what to do in order to ensure everyone remains as safe as possible in the event of a fire. Remember, prevention is key.
Hold fire drills two or three times annually. Considering the lives that this 10 minute task could save, it’s a small thing to ask your company to do. Holding drills will ensure that all of your employees know what sound indicates a fire emergency, how they should exit the building in the event of a fire and where they should go once outside.
Send regular email reminders. Have your HR department or managers send out a few emails per year just to remind employees of what to do if a fire does occur. Although these will not be as effective as actual fire drills, they will at least pass the information along to employees who may not have been in the office during that last drill. This information will be especially useful for new employees who are unfamiliar with the building.
Put together a safety committee. Your office may have a volunteer committee or a young professional committee, so why not a safety committee? These volunteers from different departments would take on the duty of planning fire exits and organizing fire drills. This group would also then be in charge of determining how well a fire drill worked by timing how quickly everyone was able to get out of the building and to their designated safety spot. If employees were too slow or confused this time around, a follow up fire drill in the near future may be needed. If you do move forward with a volunteer safety committee, it should also be that team’s duty to organize other types of safety drills, including tornado drills, earthquake drills or any other type of safety precaution needed in your area.