Safety Sentinel: February 2018 – Emergency Action Plans and Fire Response
Nobody expects an emergency – yet the simple truth is emergencies and disasters can strike any business, anytime, anywhere. Few people can think clearly and logically in a crisis, so it’s important to plan in advance and conduct practice drills.
What is an Emergency Action Plan?
An emergency action plan covers the designated actions employers and employees must take to ensure personnel safety from fires, and other emergencies. Emphasis is placed on the protection of lives and property; in that order. Typically, the issue of how to respond to a fire is a primary component of an emergency action plan in most facilities
What’s covered in an Emergency Action Plan?
- The preferred method of reporting fires and other emergencies
- Evacuation policies and procedures
- Diagrams of the floor plan showing escape routes, extinguishers, assembly and shelter areas
- Description of the various alarm systems or specific equipment shut-down procedures (if applicable.)
When a fire starts think first of your safety, then the safety of others around you. Sound the alarm and alert the fire department. Never attempt to use a fire extinguisher unless you have been trained to use it, and the fire is small enough to be tamed with the equipment on hand.
Fire Extinguisher Basics
Extinguishers are classified by the type of fire they can put out. Some extinguishers are combination type; these can be used on several different types of fires. Extinguishers are designed to fight fires in the incipient stages only. All fire extinguishers should have an inspection tag, a trigger seal, and a pin. They should be mounted off the ground, ready for easy access.
If the company fire prevention policy provides for use of fire extinguishers, the following guideline should be followed: Stand 6 to 8 feet away from fire, pull the pin, aim at the base of the fire, squeeze the handle, and sweep side to side. Never let a fire come between you and a speedy exit. After use, don’t return the extinguisher to its original mounting – it must first be refilled.
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