What should a fire emergency plan include?

Fire emergency plan

Managers of workplace have a duty to provide a fire risk assessment, but also require a fire emergency plan. There is a common misconception that this is how persons evacuate when there is a fire. A fire emergency plan details many fire safety issues relating to the workplace.

Government guidance provides an overview of the content of a fire emergency plan.  London Fire Brigade also provide good advice on their website.

Plan content

So what should you include in your plan:

  • The action to be taken when discovering a fire – This could include what to do when a person discovers a small fire and also a large blaze. This is because they action required will be very different.
  • Warning if there is a fire – This includes action to be taken on hearing the alarm and how to operate it. Also provide advice on what it sounds like.
  • Calling the fire brigade – Who calls the fire brigade if there is fire in the building.  In addition, is there a different person during out of hours periods.
  • Evacuation of the premises – This will include the normal evacuation plan. There must also be plans for  persons such as contractors, persons with disabilities and those working on their own.
  • Power and process isolation – Does equipment need to be shut such as cookers and also other machinery.
  • Place of assembly and roll call – Where is the assembly point and is there also another secondary point if there is a protracted incident?
  • Liaison with the emergency services – Where will the fire brigade be met and who meets them.
  • Identification of key escape routes – Detailed plans of floor areas so staff know where the nearest exit is.
  • The fire fighting equipment provided – This will include fire extinguishers but may also include suppression systems and sprinklers.
  • Specific responsibilities in the event of fire –  Some persons will have duties in the fire plan. These include fire marshals, the person calling the fire service and also evacuation buddies.
  • Training required – Who will be trained and also how often
  • Provision of information to relevant persons – Telling staff of the plan details and also other  persons such as neighbours or other tenants.

Do you need a fire emergency plan drafted for you?

Our team can help you draft a fire emergency plan so that you help meet your legal duties. Every building is different and so are work practices. Therefore fire emergency plans need to based on individual buildings and the risk in them.

Small organisations can produce smaller plans while larger businesses may need more complex plans. We have provided fire emergency plans for many different organisations. Our team can produce plans specifically for your building. This can often be done in conjunction with a fire risk assessment and therefore can minimise managers time with these issues.