The Importance of Fire Drills
As the well known sayings go, "there is no substitute for practice" and "practice makes perfect". This applies to many things, and fire drills are no exception. By performing a fire drill, it will give your employees the chance to practice the instructions that have been imparted to them in the fire safety and other health and safety training they should have been given.
Whilst it would be good if the fire drill went perfectly, it does give you the opportunity to see if the organisation's emergency procedures are fit for purpose and that the required volume of people can be quickly and safely evacuated from the premises and assembled in the designated area(s) away from the building. Errors and mistakes that are made in the drill are highly unlikely to result in a death or injury (although it could still theoretically happen such as crushing or falling down an emergency exit staircase), whereas if a fire is burning and mistakes are made there is a much higher chance of this negative outcome.
Along with people familiarising themselves with where to go in the event of a fire and how to get there (i.e. the emergency escape route(s)), a fire drill will give those who have been tasked with the responsibility of being a fire marshal the chance to practice what is required of them. They themselves along with management can then sit down and determine what worked well and what could be improved should a fire evacuation be required in the future but for real this time.
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