Fire drills always keep your staff up to speed about best evacuation routes and brush up on their knowledge about handling such emergencies. But what if you are training your staff about fire safety training and evacuation for the first time? No one knows correctly what to do if there is a fire in the building. This usually causes chaos followed by panic, and then there are high chances of a stampede. You wouldn’t want that to happen. Your staff will have a few minutes to leave the building, and if all goes to plan, no shouldn’t get harmed.
Best training strategies
Fire safety and evacuation training is a three-fold training program. You need to train your staff about three things that can help everyone escape safely. So, here are the three things that you should consider during your training drill:
1. Fire evacuation strategy
Different buildings have different fire exits. So, your first emergency training should be to explain how everyone must use the fire escape. Show them the fire escape route on a map. This should have the layout of the entire building. Starting from the office, toilet, pantry, and the fire escape, you should include everything in the map. Point out the different fire escape routes so that they know their closest exit points.
Some buildings have multiple fire exits on the same floor. Your staff should ensure that they reach the nearest door immediately as they hear the fire alarm go off. You can also perform a drill so that your employees know precisely what to do during an emergency evacuation plan.
2. What to do after hearing the fire alarm
You cannot just leave the building as soon as you hear a fire alarm. At least someone has to take responsibility to call the fire brigade. See if someone voluntarily wants to take responsibility. If there aren’t any, you can select one of the experienced guys to do the job. Elect two people to call the fire brigade and another two to check if everyone is following the fire evacuation strategy.
Teach them separately how to manage the crowd near fire exits. No one should push and shove others to go ahead. This will only result in a stampede that can cause further problems.
3. Meeting at the assembly point
Every office building should have an assembly point where the staff should gather if there is a fire. The assembly point should be at a safe place slightly away from the immediate location of the building. Once everyone gathers in the assembly area, the employees responsible for evacuating everyone and call the fire brigade should do a roll call.Here’s the video about safety training for a fire extinguisher. Watch now:
Hand over a list of employee names who work in your office. This will help to know whether everyone is in the assembly area or is stuck in the building.
Dealing with a fire is never easy. It is the panic that creates most of the trouble. So, your training prgram should involve techniques that help the staff to stay calm during a fire so that no one gets harmed while escaping.