A fire emergency evacuation plan, is a document that includes information regarding fire safety. In this plan, there are outlined steps that detail the actions that should be taken by employees and/or staff members if there is a fire within the walls of the building. There is also information in this plan that explains how calls to the fire brigade should be handled.

There are two types of notices that must be included within a fire emergency evacuation plan. The first type of notice is a general fire notice. This type of notice is ideal for smaller businesses.

A general fire notice could be a single page that contains fire evacuation information. It is typically posted in areas where it can be readily viewed by employees and assigned staff members so they can become familiar with the information in the notice.

There is also a staff fire notice. This type of fire evacuation notice includes detailed fire safety information, and is typically geared towards larger buildings and buildings that have a higher fire risk.

A staff fire notice takes into account the results that are presented in a fire risk assessment and gives precise and detailed instructions on how staff and employees should proceed if there is a fire in the building.

What Are the Benefits of a Fire Evacuation Plan?

Assigned employees are provided with the latest information regarding the company’s fire safety and evacuation plan that contains clear instructions on the actions needed if there is a fire alarm or a fire. By understanding their roles within the plan and being presented with this information before disaster strikes, companies can ensure that the evacuation plan will be executed as designed to prevent the loss of life and property.

What Information Should Be Included In A Fire Evacuation Plan?

Every business should have a detailed evacuation plan as part of its overall fire safety plan. The plan should be in writing and it should include the required actions that employees and staff members should take if there is a fire. Also, included in the evacuation plan should include information on how calls for fire and rescue services will be arranged.

The following points should be addressed in a fire evacuation safety plan:

  • Where firefighting equipment is positioned throughout the building
  • How building occupants will be alerted to the fire
  • Where escape routes will lead evacuees
  • The provisions that are in place for employees and visitors with special needs
  • The final assembly location for building evacuees
  • Where specific isolation points are within the building
  • The person who is responsible for shutting down machinery or removing equipment from the building
  • What type of training is needed for the above mentioned points

No matter how basic or detailed the information is that you include in the fire evacuation safety plan, it should be written in a format that is easy to understand by all employees and staff members. For example, detail the procedures that someone will need to take if they visually see a fire versus the procedures that will need to be followed by someone who hears a fire alarm.

Always keep in mind that the evacuation plan should be a reflection of your company’s overall fire safety plan and fire strategy.

For buildings that have multiple floors, create a floor plan that details the escape routes. Include signs on the fire safety plan that will highlight where fire alarms, fire exits, firefighting equipment and assembly points are located throughout the building.