HOW TO RESPOND TO A FIRE DRILL
Hello there, this is Goke (your Safety guide). Today our topic of discussion will be on How to respond to a Fire drill. A fire drill is usually conducted by various organizations in order to teach people on how to respond to emergency situations. A fire drill is thus an impromptu test, an unannounced event conducted in a workplace so as to see how people will respond to an emergency situation such as a fire incident. A well-structured organization takes fire safety to be of utmost priority, so that is why Fire protection systems are installed in such organization. When we say fire protective systems, we are referring to both Fire detective systems (e.g smoke detectors, heat detectors, fire alarm panel) and fire extinguishers. Their main responsibility is the execution and evacuation of the drill. You will need to appoint persons that will serve as fire marshalls in case of fire incidents
WHY CONDUCT A FIRE DRILL
A fire drill is solely conducted based on the following reasons:
1. To raise the level of awareness about fire safety on the part of employees. 2. To evaluate the response readiness of workers should there be a fire outbreak. 3. To ensure the proper function of both fire detection systems.
CONSIDER THE ACRONYM RACE
R—This stands for Rescue or Remove the residents from the area of danger
A—This stands for Activate the Fire alarm system.
C—This stands for Confine or Contain the fire to the area that it originated from.
E— This stands for Extinguish or Evacuate
In case of an emergency, such as a fire outbreak and you are the one that detects it, the initial thing to do is to activate a fire break glass system installed on a wall. This is connected to a fire alarm panel and so will set off the Fire alarm bell or sounder to ring repeatedly.
Do not scream’ fire fire’ in the quest to alert people, you should rather tell people to stop the task they are doing and shut down every form of power system and then come out of the office after closing the windows. Workers who have been trained on how to use Fire extinguishers will go to the area of origin and thus fight the fire while every other person will evacuate the building and get to the Muster point. Note that fire must be fought with an extinguisher or other means if the fire is at the incipient or starting stage.
After gathering at the muster point, then the Fire marshal or HSE personnel will take a roll call or what is known as a headcount. A headcount is just calling out the names of people written on the attendance register in order to confirm if anyone might still be trapped inside the building.
It is highly recommended that in your organization individual person or persons should be designated to be responsible for the fire drill. The selected persons should be familiar with your building and fire protective systems. A record of how the fire drill went should be kept by the designated person. In order to increase your staff’s awareness on the proper response to a fire drill, it is highly recommended that a fire drill be conducted quarterly. With time there will be a progression in the worker’s response level to emergency situations and also the proper response would be imbibed with time. Till I come your way again, this is Goke (your Safety guide) wishing you all the best in the Month of May.