Is your home or business prepared to handle a fire? A comprehensive fire emergency plan covers multiple protocols, including the development and implementation of a proper evacuation plan. At Guard-X, we’re experts in fire safety equipment, and we know how important an airtight fire emergency plan is for minimizing human and material losses. Here are some points to consider when developing a fire emergency plan for your residence or business in Montreal.
Are you a home owner?
If you want to keep you and your family safe in the event of a fire, make sure you develop a detailed fire emergency plan. Draw a diagram that includes the fire exits in your homes (doors and windows), the locations of indoor fire extinguishers, the locations of outdoor fire extinguishers, and a designated meeting place outside of your home. Note that it’s highly important that the meeting place is out of the way of firefighters, police and other emergency responders. Once you’ve sketched your evacuation plan, display it in a prominent place in your home.
You also need to determine what procedure to follow if the fire alarm goes off or someone notices fire or smoke in the home. Decide who will be responsible for evacuating any children or family members with limited mobility. Consider conducting a fire drill with all family members to ensure that everyone understands what they need to do. This way, if an emergency requiring evacuation should occur, everyone will have better reflexes and will be less inclined to panic.
Do you manage a building or business?
Your fire safety plan must comply with the National Fire Code. It should also be developed in collaboration with your municipal fire department and other relevant authorities. Here are some of the things it should include:
- Inspection and maintenance of fire alarms, sprinklers and other fire safety systems
- Designation of an individual responsible for the supervision of fire safety operations
- Training for supervisors and occupants concerning their roles in the event of a fire
- Organization and scheduling of fire drills
- Required documentation, including detailed information about the various fire safety systems in the building
Do you need to optimize your fire safety system or improve your evacuation plan? If so, you’ve come to the right place! At Guard-X, we’re leaders in fire protection in the Greater Montreal area. Contact us to learn more about our products and services.