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What are the 3 goals of a Fire Emergency Evacuation Plan?

An Effective Fire Prevention/Evacuation Plan can be broken down into 3 objectives or goals..

 

(1) Prevent a fire from starting:

  1. Ensure your building is compliant to relevant regulations, codes and standards..
  2. Fire Suppression Systems in place as per AS1670
  3. Good Housekeeping is Crucial. …
  4. Maintain Machinery and Electrical Items and fire protection systems. as per AS1851
  5. Store and Use Chemicals  Responsibly. …
  6. Maintain Easy Access to All Electrical Control Panels and Fire Alarm Equipment. …
  7. Test the Fire Alarm System Regularly. …
  8. Only Smoke in Demarcated Areas.

(2) Prevent loss of life in case fire does start: Have a Fire Emergency / Evacuation Plan, which would consist of the following elements:

  • emergency procedures, including an effective response to an emergency
  • evacuation procedures
  • notifying emergency service organisations at the earliest opportunity
  • medical treatment and assistance
  • effective communication between the person authorised to coordinate the emergency response and all people at the workplace
  • testing of the emergency procedures—including the frequency of testing
  • information, training and instruction to relevant workers in relation to implementing the emergency procedures. SafeWork Australia

(3) Ability to confine fire to its origin:

Effective active and passive fire  suppression systems.
Passive Fire Protection (PFP) is an integral component of the three components of structural, fire protection and fire safety in a building. PFP attempts to contain fires or slow down the spread through use of fire–resistant walls, floors and fire rated doors.(d) extinguish fire.

Active Fire Protection by which a fire event can be controlled or extinguished, either manually (fire fighting) or automatically. Manual control includes the use of a fire extinguisher or a standpipe system. Automatic control means can include a fire sprinkler system, a gaseous clean agent, or firefighting foam system. Automatic suppression systems would usually be found in large commercial kitchens or other high-risk areas.

Factoring in an effective and compliant fire emergency and evacuation plan, to your overall business obligations under current safety legislation, is critical and a can also be a major cost saving measure, in the event of a fire. 

Dedicated To Your Fire Safety

Alex

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