Here are helpful preparedness tips to learn before an emergency strikes not during.
- Train your employees in general fire safety, especially for tasks with a high-fire risk, such as welding and cutting, fueling vehicles, working with flammable liquids, etc.
- If your office roof is accessible by ladder, prop it against the building so you and firefighters have access to the roof.
- Establish an evacuation plan and keep it up-to-date. Plan primary and secondary exits from your buildings. Consider how employees will escape if doors or windows are blocked by an exterior fire.
- Build a personal “go bag” for your cubicle or office that’s easily accessible if, and when, you need to evacuate your work location.
- Keep appropriate emergency supplies on hand, including flashlights, battery-powered portable radio, extra batteries, first-aid kit, manual can opener, non-perishable foods and bottled water. For more information and tips on how to be prepared for an emergency, visit the FEMA website.