Fire drill advice
This fire drill question was asked at a fire training course in London we held recently. One attendee had noticed the difference in published information. Details that differ in British Standard and government guidance booklets.
British Standards states:
“Test evacuations should be notified only to those persons who have designated responsibilities, to make the evacuations as realistic as possible”.
All of the government guidance booklets (premises specific) detail the following:
“The health and safety risks of surprise drills may outweigh the benefits gained”
Which organisation is right? British Standards or the Government! Responsible persons should note both British Standards and government guidance booklets are advice and not law.
Fire service advice?
Many fire services take the view that notice should be given to all staff before a fire drill. Here is why:
- Government guidance suggests that you should.
- There may be safety issues of not telling staff.
- There may be a better response and evacuation when the alarm sounds for a real fire
- It allows sufficient time to brief fire drill observers and to provide them with instructions on what to look for (government guidance good practice).
- Allows a manager to select a member of staff to operate the fire alarm call point with a test key. This action will determine staff knowledge of fire alarm call point positions and other fire safety measures.
- Staff and visitors can secure valuables prior to the fire drill.
- Ensure staff can secure any equipment and important data before the fire drill.
- Provide for better staff and organisation planning
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