Learning Objective: Understanding the requirements of a Fire Safety Plan
In simple terms, a Fire Safety Plan involves the sounding of a fire alarm, the notification of the fire department and instructing occupants on how to exit the building safely. The requirements & recommended practices for the development and maintaining of Fire Safety Plans in buildings are found in the various National and Provincial Fire Codes. A building owner and/or agent is responsible to develop and implement the provisions of a Fire Safety Plan and should include specific information on the building and its contents.
Fire Safety Plans – Design
- A full risk assessment should be provided for each building to determine the potential risk exposures and/or emergency situations.
- The Fire Safety Plan for a building must itemize all fire protection equipment, emergency lights, shut-offs, evacuation routes, etc. in place at each facility.
- The building safety or management committee should be involved to assist with the design and implementation of an emergency fire safety response plan.
- The Fire Safety Plan should be designed based on the requirements of the local Fire Department and may require to be approved by them once complete.
- The Fire Safety Plan should be reviewed on a regular scheduled basis.
- Documented practices/drills should be completed as required by the Fire Code.
- A de-brief discussion should take place with all involved after a practice or drill to answer any questions or make any changes if required.
Fire Safety Plan – Performance Objectives
- The Fire Safety Plan should include documented/practiced procedures to follow in the event of a fire emergency.
- The Fire Safety Plan development & implementation should account for all local emergency services including fire, police, ambulance, municipal, utilities (gas, power & water), etc.
- Keep up-to-date on all Code, Standards and Regulation changes.
- Update changes to the Fire Safety Plan as required.
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