Evacuation Safety for the New Year

Posted on Jan 04, 2016
Tags: evacuation plans, peeps, fire drills

The new year is a time for new beginnings – and, if you’re the person responsible for safety in your building, it is a great opportunity to get a head start on keeping your property safe in the year to come...

Here are some tips to help you start the new year off right in ensuring the safety of the people in your building in the event of an emergency in 2016:

Provide Refresher Training

Designated people in your building should be trained to use evacuation equipment in the event of an emergency, so that they can effectively help to vacate mobility-restricted individuals. Even if they received training in recent years, refresher training is a useful undertaking, as it keeps this crucial information fresh in the minds of people who are charged with operating evacuation chairs and mattresses. The refresher training will also serve to ensure that any new staff members who have been hired since the last evacuation training session will also learn about using evacuation equipment.

Review Your Evacuation Plans

Take a look at your existing evacuation plan and ensure that it is up-to-date. Any renovations that have taken place in the building may have resulted in changes to escape routes and other key features in your evacuation plan.

Update PEEPs

If your building has acquired any new staff, residents or students over the course of the past year, it is important to double-check that Personalised Evacuation Emergency Plans (PEEPs) have been developed for those who require them. This document outlines the specific type of assistance a mobility-restricted person requires in the event of an evacuation. Learn more about PEEPs here.

Carry Out A Fire Drill

Keep the people in your building updated with evacuation measures by carrying out a fire drill in the new year. It will also provide you with a chance to review your current evacuation plans and decide if there is anything that needs improvement.

Escape Mobility’s evacuation experts are here to help you get a safe start to the new year. Give us a call at 0844 800 1775 for more information.