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Evacuation and Fire Safety Plan

Fire evacuation plans

Fire evacuation plans shall include the following:

  1. Emergency egress or escape routes and whether evacuation of the building is to be complete or, where approved, by selected floors or areas only.
  2. Procedures for employees who must remain to operate critical equipment before evacuating.
  3. Procedures for accounting for employees and occupants after evacuation have been completed.
  4. Identification and assignment of personnel responsible for rescue or emergency medical aid.
  5. The preferred and any alternative means of notifying occupants of a fire or emergency.
  6. The preferred and any alternative means of reporting fires and other emergencies to the fire department or designated emergency response organization.
  7. Identification and assignment of personnel who can be contacted for further information or explanation of duties under the plan.
  8. A description of the emergency voice/alarm communication system alert tone and preprogrammed voice messages, where provided.

Fire safety plans

Fire safety plans shall include the following:

  1. The procedure for reporting a fire or other emergency.
  2. The life safety strategy and procedures for notifying, relocating, or evacuating occupants.
  3. Site plans indicating the following:
    1. The occupancy assembly point.
    2. The locations of fire hydrants.
    3. The normal routes of fire department vehicle access.
  4. Floor plans identifying the locations of the following:
    1. Exits
    2. Primary evacuation routes.
    3. Secondary evacuation routes.
    4. Accessible egress routes.
    5. Areas of refuge.
    6. Manual fire alarm boxes.
    7. Portable fire extinguishers.
    8. Occupant-use hose stations.
    9. Fire alarm annunciator and controls.
    10. Sprinkler control valves
  5. A list of major fire hazards associated with the normal use and occupancy of the premises, including maintenance and housekeeping procedures.
  6. Identification and assignment of personnel responsible for maintenance of systems and equipment installed to prevent or control fires.
  7. Identification and assignment of personnel responsible for maintenance, housekeeping and controlling fuel hazard sources.

Fire safety and evacuation plans shall be reviewed/updated annually or as needed because of changes to staff, occupancy or physical arrangement of the building. These plans need to be made available in the work place and posted for employee review. Copy shall be provided to the Fire Prevention Bureau for approval before release to the employees.

Fire evacuations drills

Drills are to be conducted at quarterly intervals. Records are to be maintained indicating the time, date, staff present, who conducted drill, weather conditions and the time to evacuate.

Employee training program

Employees shall be trained in fire prevention, evacuation and fire safety as part of new employee orientation and at least annually. Records are to be kept on site and made available upon request.

Fire prevention training

Employees shall be apprised of the fire hazards of the materials and processes to which they are exposed. Each employee shall be instructed in the proper procedures for preventing fires in the conduct of their assigned duties.

Evacuation training

Employees shall be familiarized with the fire alarm and evacuation signals, their assigned duties in the event of an alarm or emergency, evacuation routes, areas of refuge, exterior assembly areas, and procedures for evacuation.

Fire safety training

Employees assigned firefighting duties shall be trained to know the locations and proper use of portable fire extinguishers or other manual firefighting equipment and the protective clothing or equipment required for its safe and proper use.

Seating plan

A detailed seating plan shall include the information from the fire safety and evacuation plans as described above. Deviations from the approved plans shall be allowed provided the occupant load limit for the occupancy is not exceeded and the aisles and exit access ways remain unobstructed.


In theaters, motion picture theaters, auditoriums, sporting events and similar assembly occupancy used for noncontinuous programs, an audible announcement shall be made not more than 10 minutes prior to the start of each program to notify the occupants of the location of the exits to be used in the event of a fire or other emergency. (Exception- In motion picture theaters, the announcement is allowed to be projected upon the screen in a manner approved by Fire Prevention.)

Evacuation Plans Are...

Investment in People

The mission statement is to save lives and minimize injuries.

Team Oriented

People will accept responsibilities more readily when they take part in developing the plan.

Action Oriented

  • Practice
  • Train
  • Evaluate