Emergency Evacuations

How would you escape from your workplace in the event of an emergency? Do you know where all the exit routes are in case your first choice is too crowded? Are you sure doors will be unlocked? Did you consider that other exits—like hallways—may be blocked during a fire, explosion or other crisis? Keep in mind the following evacuation tips to prepare for an emergency:

  • Familiarize yourself with the emergency evacuation plan.insurance, horst insurance, emergency evacuations, exit, workplace emergency, emergency exit, exit sign, plan
  • Know the pathway to at least two alternative exits from every room or area at the workplace.
  • Recognize the sounds or signaling method of the fire and evacuation alarms.
  • Know who to contact in an emergency and how to contact them.
  • Know how many desks or cubicles are between your workstation and two of the nearest exits so you can escape in the dark, if necessary.
  • Know where the fire and evacuation alarms are located and how to use them.
  • Report any damaged or malfunctioning safety systems and back-up systems.

Evacuation know-how: know where to go and when

Preparing in advance to safely evacuate a building or worksite can be critical to your safety. Keep these tips in mind to evacuate the property:

  • Leave the area quickly, but in an orderly manner, following ABC Client’s emergency evacuation plan.
  • Go directly to the nearest fire-free and smoke-free stairwell.
  • Listen carefully for instructions.
  • Crawl under the smoke to breathe cleaner air if there is a fire.
  • Test doors for heat before opening them by placing the back of your hand against the door so you do not burn your palm and fingers.
  • Do not open a hot door; find another exit route.
  • Keep fire doors closed to slow the spread of smoke and fire.
  • Avoid using elevators when evacuating.
  • Report to the designated meeting place.
  • Do not re-enter the building until directed by authorities.