Fire Drills

Short Description

Basic Best Practices for a fire drill

Target Audience

House Corporations
House Manager
Risk Management Chairman

Borradaile Challenge or Area of Focus

Risk Management


In the position of House Manager, you will ultimately be working with the Risk Manager on a number of issues. One of the most important is the issue of fire safety. It is crucial that you schedule fire drills for the chapter. Here are some things to remember when doing so.

Best Practices

  1. Pull together everyone in your household and make a plan. Draw a floor plan of your home, showing two ways out of each room, including windows. Don't forget to mark the location of each smoke alarm.
  2. Test all smoke alarms (Listed by a qualified testing laboratory) monthly to ensure that they work. Replace batteries as needed.
  3. Make sure that everyone understands the escape plan. Are the escape routes clear? Can doors and windows be opened easily?
  4. If windows or doors in your home have security bars, make sure that the bars have quick- release mechanisms so that they can be opened immediately in an emergency. Quick-release mechanisms won't compromise your security – but they will increase your chances of safely escaping a home fire.
  5. Practice the escape plan at least twice a year, making sure that everyone is involved.
  6. Agree on an outside meeting place where everyone can meet after they've escaped. Remember to get out first, and then call for help. Never go back inside until the fire department gives the OK.
  7. Have everyone memorize the emergency phone number of the fire department. That way any member of the household can call from a cellular phone or a neighbor's home.
  8. Be fully prepared for a real fire: when a smoke alarm sounds, get out immediately. And once you're out, stay out – leave the firefighting to the professionals!
  9. If you live in an apartment building, make sure that you're familiar with the building's evacuation plan. In case of a fire, use the stairs, never the elevator.
  10. Tell guests or visitors to your home about your family's fire escape plan. When visiting other people's homes, ask about their escape plan. If they don't have a plan in place, offer to help them make one.

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