What fire safety procedure is right for my building?
A fire in your building can be devastating, resulting in all sorts of damage, injury and in the worst cases, even fatalities. Having the right fire safety procedure for your building is essential – it could mean the difference between safety and harm. Don’t forget, no two buildings are the same. Each building will require different evacuation diagrams, different evacuation plans and different procedures because they each have unique fire risks. Here are some signs your fire safety procedures are the right ones for your building:
Your building follows Australian guidelines
The Australian government has put together the following emergency management guides to assist you to determine whether your safety procedures are right for your building. You can view them below:
You have the right evacuation diagrams
Having the right evacuation diagrams is a crucial to ensuring your fire safety procedures are executed correctly. The Australian Standard, AS3745 2010 (‘Planning for Emergencies in Facilities’ Section 3.5) requires you to have evacuation diagrams in all facilities, including common areas when referring to multi-tenanted buildings. They will display the Floor Plan and Site Plan of the facility, its Assembly Point and its Emergency Procedures, along with fire equipment & other vital information.
You update your emergency procedures regularly
There’s not much point to having emergency procedures if they’re outdated and no longer reflect your current circumstances, requirements, or general business practice. Your evacuation procedures need maintenance just like your building, which will likely change over the month and years. Events like a floor expansion, change of staff and seasonal events may require you to rethink aspects of your evacuation procedures, from the emergency assembly point, to first aiders and the type of fire equipment you’ll use. So, always consider how any changes to your facility might affect your emergency procedures.
You have an emergency evacuation checklist
Your staff are trained in your procedures
Your fire safety procedures don’t only need to be the right ones for your building, they also need to be reinforced by training so your team is familiar with them. After all, there’s no point having perfect procedures if your staff don’t understand or even know about them. One crucial way to test out whether your staff recall your procedures is using fire drills. This will not only help them remember your evacuation plan better, it will also help you improve it, by finding elements that could be missing or enhanced in future.
Did you know?
Emergency procedures are the responsibility of the PCBU (Persons Conducting Business or Undertakings). If you’re operating a business, it’s essential for you to ensure that all people on the premises are carefully accounted for in an emergency.