This week, over 1,900 organizations are ramping up their safety and health programs as part of Safe and Sound Week. Even if your organization isn’t participating in the formal program, it’s always prudent to revisit your fire safety and evacuation plans to make sure that your organization is ready to mitigate risks to your people and your facilities.
Would I be correct to assume that your fire safety and evacuation plans haven't been updated in over a year? Probably. This is especially true for facilities that haven't yet opened up, are partially open or if your company has relocated to save costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If a year has passed or turnover, new equipment, different entrances or exits have been defined, it's time to revisit your fire safety and evacuation plans again.
If you’d like to learn more about best practices implemented at the University of Washington, watch the on-demand webinar with Scott Nelson, Fire Safety & Engineering Manager of the EH&S Department at the University of Washington.
Once you’ve reviewed your template with your local fire department and proper external authorities for your organization and trained for the defined roles in your plan, don’t forget to practice for fire drills again, too.
It’s never too late to get your plan in shape. We hope that the fire safety and evacuation template and instructions will save you some time from starting from scratch or updating your plans with the best practices from our template.