February 2018 Bulletin 226
Posted by Firepoint on 2018-02-09 10:23:08 EST
Advanced Evacuation Readiness
When updating a fire safety plan (FSP), the first step is to locate the workable copy, whether in soft or hard copy form. Once the copy has been found, the FSP will itself usually indicates when it was accepted and/or approved by the city. Normally, the date can be found on a letter from the City, or a stamp located on the front cover of the FSP.
Should these two indicators not be present, it may be of benefit to contact the original author of the FSP to obtain this information. As the owner of a FSP, obtaining an electronic version is does have its advantages as copies may be printed whenever needed, marking up the pages or drawing accordingly, and sending them to the author to complete the requested revisions at minimal costs. For extensive modifications to the drawings, such as fire alarm and sprinkler system retrofits or structural add-ons, a site assessment of the building may be warranted by the author of the FSP, accompanied by a re-submission to the City for examination and acceptance.
Keeping the FSP updated as deemed necessary, at increments no greater than 12 months, is a requirement under the fire code, as is its implementation to ensure effective utilization of fire safety systems, and current building evacuation procedures to protect the occupants in the event of a fire. The contents of an approved FSP illustrate the floor plan layout of a building, including all exits, stairwells and the location of fire and life safety equipment. To assist building managers/operators, the FSP contains the precise occupant evacuation procedures, the locations of safe haven points outside the building and fire drill schedules. Fire drills are to be conducted to ensure that all the occupants are fully prepared should a real emergency arise in a building. To assist building operators with drills, there are directives contained within the approved FSP. The aim is to enhance the level of awareness among the tenants of a building, which is vital to their safety should an emergency event arise. It is the building manager’s responsibility to familiarize all occupants with the emergency procedures, and to provide them with the ability to monitor their own environment. This shared accountability and advance preparation aims to provide a higher level of evacuation readiness.
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