Once the fire emergency plan has been formalised and appropriate training provided, you will need to evaluate its effectiveness by performing a fire evacuation drill. This should be carried out at least six- monthly or as determined by your fire risk assessment. If you have a high staff turnover, you may need to carry them out more often.
A well- planned and executed fire drill will confirm understanding of the training and provide helpful information for future training. The responsible person or fire safety manager should determine the possible objectives of the drill but generally they should cover things such:
- Identifying any weaknesses in the evacuation strategy including time to evacuate;
- Testing any new procedures following any alterations or changes to working practices or changes or layout of the building;
- Familiarise new members of staff with procedures;
- Familiarise new fire wardens and test their abilities
- Test the arrangements in place (Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans) for any disabled people.
It is important to understand and appreciate that the fire evacuation process (drills) is necessary as, when all the fire safety features and management that has been carefully implemented have failed it becomes the responsibility of the Responsible Person, fire safety manager and their fire wardens, to safely and efficiently evacuate all relevant persons from the building to an ultimate place of safety.
Once the fire emergency plan has been formalised and appropriate training provided, you will need to evaluate its effectiveness by performing a fire evacuation drill.
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