Dec 16, 2011

2012 Fire Safety Plan Review

As 2011 comes to a close and we begin a new year, it’s a great time to prepare for 2012 by reviewing some basic safety practices.

The following fire safety steps are designed to help keep you, your staff, and your patients’ safe in the event of a fire. Every staff member should be trained on your fire safety plan at least annually. Need assistance training your staff on a fire safety plan? The steps below are customizable and presented in the Compliance PhD Online OSHA Training. Visit for details.  

Step 1: Establish a code word for FIRE

In the event of a fire, most people want to shout the word “FIRE” as their code word. This is not recommended. During an emergency, such as a fire, it is important to keep everyone as calm as possible. Shouting the word FIRE may send members of your staff or even your patients into frenzy. Try using something like “CODE RED.”

Step 2: Identify Location of Fire Extinguishers

Employees must be aware of the location of all fire extinguishers on each floor. Many local fire departments will test extinguishers for you, and identify fire hazards in your office. If you expect an employee to use the fire extinguishers, OSHA requires that you train your employee on how to use it.  The PASS system is the most common method.

Step 3:  Post your escape routes

OSHA requires you to have at least 2 escape routes posted on each level. If you don’t have 2 posted on every floor, click HERE to download a form. This form will allow you to customize your routes. Post these routes immediately!

Step 4: Establish a final gathering place

A final gathering place will allow you to take note of individuals who may still need assistance. Having a count will allow Fire Fighters to more quickly assist persons still in your building.  An example could be “the parking lot across the street.”

Note: a fully customizable Fire Safety Plan is available through Compliance PhD Online OSHA training. Visit or call 720-475-0134 with any questions. 

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