Do you remember when you were in school and used to have fire, earthquake, and / or tornado drills? The loud bell would ring and teachers would usher their little students out to the blacktop where everyone would line up, be counted, and ensure that all children and staff were accounted for. Well, we did it in school for safety reasons, why wouldn’t we do this at our place of employment (especially if we work in a larger building)?
As far back as I can remember (which is too far for me to count), I cannot recall a single drill in any place of employment that I have worked. How do I know if my company has a special siren? How do I know where to meet to make sure that all employees are accounted for? How do I know where the emergency exits are and the quickest way to get to them? Unfortunately, the majority of employers these days rely strictly on employees being cognizant of their surroundings and knowing where the emergency exits are.
My recommendation (for any company) is to implement bi-yearly fire, earthquake, and / or tornado drills. Whatever the natural disasters are in your area, create a drill for them. Also, show your employees where the fire extinguishers, and any other safety equipment, are located. Most employees don’t think about the little things…sometimes you have to physically show them!
Does your company have an emergency plan in place? Do you know where the fire extinguishers are located?