Bulletin 175August 2013 Preparing for a Safe EvacuationofBuilding Occupants
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Fire safety plans enhance the level of awareness among the tenants of a building, which is vital for their survival in the event of a fire.All property managers are obligated to familiarize occupants with emergency procedures and to provide them with the ability to monitor their own environment. The shared responsibility on the part of the entire building population will result in a safe evacuation for all.The fire code requires that the property managersresponsible for a buildingensure there are supervisory or warden personnel in place, depending on the classification of the building occupancy. For the most part, these personnel are responsible for a particular space, be it an entire or partial floor. They must ensure that occupants evacuate the area, when it is safe to do so,via the nearest exit to an outside assembly location.Depending on the procedures contained in the approved fire safety plan, the ideal response to fire may not necessarily be evacuation via a stairway to the outside, but to remain in a safe haven. The decision as to whether to evacuatemay also hinge on how far smoke and fire has progressed within the building.

Many buildings are required to havea fire warden whose role is to improve knowledge and awareness by occupants of their floor or tenanted space. The warden must be thoroughly familiar with the building fire alarm system, whether it is a single-stage, modified 2-stage or a regular 2-stage system. He or she must also assemble a team that is effective, efficient and prompt in managing building evacuations.The floor fire warden must knowthe building’s exit paths, cross-over floors and the effectiveness of each means of evacuation. As volunteers, floor wardensare to provide direction in an assertive manner so as to be able to create practical evacuation plans. They conduct annual fire drills to ensure that all the occupants are fully-prepared and alert when a real emergency arises in the building. Some buildings require additional fire drills depending on building height and fire alarm system specifications.

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