It is imperative for the sake of yourself and others on your premises that you are well prepared should an evacuation become necessary in the event of a fire. We would like to share with clients our 'Top Tips' on how to evacuate your premises effectively.
1. Ensure that everybody who works in the building knows what to do in an emergency and that all fire information is displayed clearly around the building.
2. If an alarm sounds, proceed to the designated fire exits via stairwells but never using elevators. If you discover the fire, ensure that you sound the Fire alarm and call 999 as you exit the building.
3. If it is safe to do so, close all windows and doors behind you as you exit the premises. This will prevent the fire from spreading quickly. When opening a closed door, feel its temperature by placing the back of your hand against it. The back of your hand is a sensitive area and you will be able to feel if there is a fire behind the door. Do not open a door with fire behind it, the flames will enter the room you are in extremely quickly due to the higher oxygen levels. Warn others you see and help them to exit safely as long as this does not pose an immediate threat to yourself.
4. If there is a large amount of smoke, stay close to the ground. Smoke rises leaving clean air closer to the floor. By placing a wet cloth over your mouth you can restrict your intake of smoke.
5. When outside, proceed to the designated assembly point which should be at least 20m away from the building. Take a register or a head count to make sure no one is missing. If you do have a missing person under no circumstances should you re-enter a burning building, wait for help to arrive.
6. Evacuation is always necessary. If a fire is close to your building, still evacuate as fire can spread very quickly if it is not controlled. Once evacuated stay out of the building in the designated safe zone until the fire brigade have given you the all clear.
7. Always stay calm.It is important that you display fire safety notices around the building so all employees, residents and guests can learn how to evacuate safely. For companies it is a legal requirement to run fire alarm tests and evacuation drills.