Every business needs to have a fire escape plan. It’s one of the most fundamental tenets of commercial fire safety. When the unthinkable happens, you need everyone in the building to know exactly what to do and where to go. But once you’ve drawn them up, you might have the following question: where should fire escape plans be posted? Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling.
Everyone who knows the first thing about commercial fire safety has heard that they should never use an elevator in the event of a fire. Still, when a fire occurs, more than a few people will likely instinctively head for the elevator. For this reason, it’s a good idea for fire escape plans to be posted in front of your elevators, directing them toward the stairs and a safer exit from the building.
The Break Room
If you’ve ever worked in an office building, you know just how familiar each facet of the break room will become. Whether you’re taking a pause at the water cooler or heating up your lunch, these are some of the only moments in your day where you can truly relax and take in your surroundings.
This is part of what makes the break room a great spot to post your fire escape plans. You might already have a bulletin board in yours. Posting the evacuation plan here gives people some time to take it in and really absorb the information. This can make a world of difference in the event of a commercial fire.
Where You Can’t See an Exit
There are plenty of reasons why commercial spaces have noticeable, backlit ‘exit’ signs. In an ideal world, such a sign would always be visible, from wherever you are in the office. But we don’t live in an ideal world, and things won’t always work out that way.
It’s a good idea to walk around your commercial space and make a note of any such locations. Then return to them and post your evacuation plan. In the event that a fire starts and someone finds themselves in such a spot, smart placement of your fire escape plan could save lives.
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