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Make fire drills matter during Fire Safety Month

How do facility and people managers keep fire safety drills from being routine?

October is Fire Safety Month, and many facility and human resource managers are dutifully planning fire drills and other activities aimed at raising awareness. For many, fire safety is the theme for every October, and has been, and will continue to be.

While regular fire drills are a key component of a safety plan, they can also be a risk if they become too routine. Participants may begin to take them less seriously or even avoid them altogether.

At the same time, you don’t want to amp up drills so radically that cause undue stress or panic among participants and actually place them at greater risk. Remember that fire drill scene from The Office? Let’s not do that.

How can we innovate new ways to keep safety routines like fire drills from being boring? Here are a few ideas from myself and the ECT Services crew:

Hold surprise drills throughout the year. Don’t wait for October to roll around. Hold surprise drills on different days of these week and different times of the day throughout the year.

Make it a challenge. Offer a performance incentive for the team that exits the most safely and efficiently. The incentive doesn’t even have to be significant; maybe it’s a t-shirt or other company swag, gift certificates, a “travelling trophy” that makes it way to the most safe and efficient team the next time you have a drill.

Add elements that simulate conditions. I really like this tip I picked up from this blog: during the drill, have training leaders pop up with signs that declare “this exit blocked by fire.” Without too much panic or disruption, participants will be challenged to rethink their routine and explore new options.

Need innovative solutions for your fire safety and other building systems? ECT Services is here to help.

September is Campus Fire Safety Month

September is Campus Fire Safety month, and the National Fire Protection Association and The Center for Campus Fire Safety are teaming up to raise awareness about the threat of fire in both on campus and off campus housing.

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They pulled together this excellent list of fire prevention and safety tips for dorm dwellers, but what about students who live off campus? Those students are unlikely to have the benefit of Resident Assistants and other program leaders to plan and execute fire drills and keep an eye on building safety features. We thought we’d adapt and expand the list a bit with those students in mind:

Make sure your living space includes a sufficient number of appropriately placed smoke detectors. Smoke detectors should be placed in each sleeping area, and also in living areas.

Test smoke detectors regularly, and never disable them. Change batteries on move in day, and once a year after that.

Place fire extinguishers in key areas, particularly the kitchen area. Make sure every occupant and regular guest knows where it is stored and how to use it.

Draw up an evacuation plan. Yes, that may sound a little over the top, but do it anyway. Post the evacuation plan on the back of every door, just like you see in hotels. Take time to practice escape routes with roommates and regular guests. Each room should have at least two ways you can exit in the event of an emergency.

Pay attention while cooking. Never leave the kitchen while there’s something on the stove or in the microwave. Reduce distractions from mobile devices, television or books.

Don’t overload the circuits. Resist the urge to plug in every device to every power strip you’ve ever owned. Make sure power strips will trip if overloaded.

Ditto candles and other combustible décor. Keep combustibles well away from drapes, pillows and other flammable objects.

Keep hallways and other areas clean and clear of extra furniture, clothes, mail, etc. Clutter can not only fuel flames, it can impede escape routes.

Want to know more about keeping your business safe from fires? Call (502) 567-1180 for a consultation.