What To Do When Your Workplace Is Burning?

Workplace Fire Emergency Evacuation Procedure.

workplace fire

The basic procedure:

1. Assist anyone who is in immediate danger.

2. Activate the building fire alarm, if the smoke detectors have not done so, and call 911 or the fire brigade.

3. Stop the fire from spreading too quickly by closing all the doors and windows to confine it. Do not attempt this if you will be putting yourself in danger to do so.

4. Evacuate the building.

5. Extinguish the fire if it can be done safely. Only use a fire extinguisher if the fire is small and can be put out safely.

What to do when stuck in a building fire

  • Crawl to keep under the smoke.
  • Head for the nearest exit.
  • Use stairways instead of elevators.
  • Feel doors before opening them; if they are warm, steer clear. Be sure to close doors behind you while navigating through the building.

  • If you are on fire:

  • Do not run.
  • Stop, drop, and roll in order to smother the fire.

  • If you are trapped by the fire:

  • Close doors and seal cracks around you.
  • Open the windows if it is safe to do so.
  • Signal or phone for help.
  • Do not jump; wait for help

  • Note to the employer:

    If one of your employees are injured in your building you may be held responsible, so it is best to always take the necessary precautions. How well you and your employees respond to a fire depends on how prepared you are.

    1. All employees should be familiar with the evacuation procedures. The buildings emergency procedures should be posted in each department.

    2. Buildings should be fitted with the appropriate fire protection engineering solutions. These include but are not limited to:

  • Smoke alarms / fire detectors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire hose reels
  • Fire sprinklers