Once the building management team obtains their newly-approved fire safety plan, or one which was re-submitted after areview, there are a number of items that must beimplemented immediately as required under the provincial fire code. As a starting point, ensure placement of one copy of the fire safety plan into the security box (fire safety plan box) at the entrance of the building facility. This is for use by fire-fighting crews responding to emergencies. The second copy should be located where it is readily available forother emergency responders upon request. It is high recommended that an electronic version of the fire safety plan and the contained evacuation drawings are stored on a CD or hard drive in the event future revisions are needed, or for printing of additional copies. Post instructionsummaries for building occupants regarding fire safety planning and emergency procedures. It is of benefit to issue floor plans with marked evacuation routes, and to offer written details on the support provided by floor wardens and supervisory personnel. The fire code does stipulatethat at least one copy of the fire emergency procedures shall be prominently posted and maintained on each floor area.Special needs persons requiring assistance must be listed in the approved fire safety plan, including those with reduced mobility, a speech, hearing or visual impairment, or a cognitive limitation.
Another area of the fire safety plan to be implementedis ensuring the warden-supervisory personnel are aware of their duties in the event of an emergency in the building. The fire safety plan does contain sections specifying theroles and responsibilities of key emergency personnel. It is mandatory for the building management to provide trainingactivities to ensuredesignated emergency personnel are clear on their rolesand responsibilities. It is critical that fire safety teams in the building knowexactly what they must do during a fire emergency. A short table talk session conductedonce or twice in a month may be useful.Through these sessions, teams can determine the regular fire drill schedule. Fire drills have been proven to help all building occupants remain familiar with evacuation procedures and to reinforce the efficient and safe use of the exit facilities available for emergencies. Conducted properly, fire drills allow occupants to practice an orderly exit in a controlled situation. Fire drills must be carefully mapped out and, for the most part, can be “mocked up” to provide the sense of an emergency condition in the building.Visitors are usually not familiar with the building facility and are often unaware of the emergency procedures in the event of a fire. In addition, your regular staff or fire wardens may not be on the lookout for visitors as part of the search process during an evacuation. It is important for property managers and building operators to clearly identify risk factors to visitors. Most building operators have safety plans which describe fire and other types of emergencies that could occur in a facility. In fact, some building management groups have extended their fire and life safety plans into all-encompassing emergency management plans. These include emergency evacuation plans, as well as descriptions of the building’s fire detection and containment systems. This allows property operators to take life safety planning to the next level, primarily focusing on saving lives and reducing the risk of injury.Property operators must consider all options available for implementation of precautionary measures and security operations of the building which would minimize the time required to evacuate occupants when a fire alarm system has been activated.
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