Fire is the most common business disaster, and planning for fire can save lives and property.
During the stress of an emergency, people are more likely to get out of a building safely if they have practiced what to do ahead of time.
Create a Plan
- Identify which employees will shut down critical operations, if possible, and determine how they will leave the building.
- Distribute evacuation procedures and post copies of building maps with emergency routes and exits clearly marked.
- Provide an alarm system with voice communication or a distinctive alarm and make sure employees recognize the signal to leave the building.
- Designate an assembly site and check off employees' names from a written roster.
- Conduct employee training, exercises and drills on a regular basis.
- If you have portable fire extinguishers available, make sure there are employees trained in their use.
- Call the fire department. Be sure to specify that it's an electrical fire.
- Shut off the main breaker, if possible.
- Do not use water on an electrical fire. Use a class-C or multi-purpose ABC fire extinguisher. The extinguisher should be clearly marked, but if you aren't certain what type it is, don't use it.