General: Have you ever been in a building and heard what sounds like a fire alarm and not know what to do? Just a moment’s hesitation could be the difference between a safe exit and/or becoming a casualty. Below are some tips that should be considered by all employees when they hear the company’s fire alarm.
Fire Alarm Checklist:
1. Report any fire immediately to your supervisor.
2. If the alarm goes off, don’t assume it’s a drill.
a. Don’t stop to get your coat or personal belongings – follow the evacuation instructions immediately.
b. If you are assigned to turn off equipment or other duties, remember your safety comes first.
3. Know at least two exit routes from your workplace.
4. Know where you are to meet your group when you get outside.
5. Go to your assigned meeting place promptly so your leader knows you are not in danger.
6. If you leave your working area, let someone know.
7. Leave the fire fighting to professionals.
8. Beware of workers who may need assistance in the event their primary assigned person is absent.
9. Do not return to the building until the building is declared safe to reenter.
Conclusion: The company fire plan may look great on paper, but it is worthless unless everyone understands their role and follows it. FIRE SAFETY DEPENDS UPON YOU!