Your building is on fire, use 'FEEP' to get out fast!
Are you properly prepared to keep you and your employees out of harm's way in the event of a workplace fire? Not sure? We're to help. Below we reveal how 'FEEP' will ensure that if there is a fire, you get your employees out the building; quickly and safely.
What is FEEP?
FEEP is the acronym for Fire Emergency Evacuation Plan. It contains the main points you need to know about what to do in an emergency. Specifically, what to do if your building is on fire.
Having a fire evacuation plan in place helps you eliminate or minimise risk or injury during an evacuation. Among other things, you need to know how to identify potentially hazardous situations beforehand and what control measures you will employ.
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Imagine a fire breaks out in your office and your building bursts into flames!
Will your employees know what to do?
Recognise the fire alarm?
Know where the fire extinguishers are?
Know where the nearest exit is so they can leave the premises as quickly as possible?
Follow an evacuation plan?
Or will they run around screaming and bumping into each other in panic?
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Here are the points to you should use to create a effective fire emergency evacuation plan
Identify potentially hazardous situations. 'Objects that generate heat, smoking, overloading power sockets, faulty electrical equipment, and flammable liquids' are just some examples highlighted by the Western Australia commission for OSH in their guidance note Preparing for Emergency Evacuations in the Workplace.
Assess risk and measures to take. Is the fire in a little corner or is the whole floor burning down?
Put in place, a treatment plan proportioned to the risk involved e.g. using a fire extinguisher for a little flame or adopting a 'run-for-your-life because you are about to be roasted' response.
As the emergency unfolds, what will you do?
Set off an alarm to alert staff and anybody else in the building.
Place instructions and maps beforehand around building to inform employees of where to go.
The immediate action you need to take to minimize hazard.
Establish best way to evacuate building e.g. exiting through corridors free of clutter.
Assess urgency and speed of evacuation. This will be dependent on risk factor you assessed earlier.
Have designated assembly areas. These should be easily accessible but out of harm's way.
Set a plan that prepares you for this unpredictable event.
Be aware of any special provisions you need during emergencies e.g. evacuating or assisting disabled persons.
Evacuation drill practice. This will help you find any problems in your plan.
Assess effectiveness of plan regularly and apply changes accordingly.
Regular servicing of building (e.g. doors) and safety equipment to ensure they're in working condition.
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You can now rest easy, knowing that should tragedy strike, you have 'FEEP'. You and your employees won't be roasted like marshmallows.