Update Your Fire Safety Plan in 3 Easy Steps
Fire safety is not a topic we want to spend much time thinking about, but proper planning and precaution can save lives. Make time during “National Fire Safety Month” to review your existing fire safety plans and make any necessary adjustments to ensure your staff’ and residents’ safety, as well as your compliance with applicable regulations.
Here are our top 3 tips to help you update your safety plans:
- Conduct regular fire drills. Multi-family communities have a lot of moving parts, so make it a priority to have regularly scheduled fire drills that staff and residents participate in. This practice helps to minimize confusion and equip everyone to respond properly in the event of an emergency.
- Thorough maintenance plans. Sure, you have fire alarms, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, and a sprinkler system, but are they maintained? These tools are the first line of defense to protect your community from danger, but they must be properly inspected and maintained to maintain their usefulness. Create a detailed schedule of when inspections and routine maintenance are needed and notate whether it was completed.
- Establish a buddy system. An important part of having an escape route is accounting for all staff and any possible visitors afterward. Designate key individuals responsible for locating other staff members after an evacuation; this helps to ensure that everyone is accounted for and can help first responders render aid in a timely manner.
For more tips, read our blog post on Fire Prevention and Safety.