What is a Fire Evacuation plan?
A Fire Emergency Evacuation Plan (FEEP) is a document which explains what actions are to be taken by staff in the event of a fire alarm actuating.
The fire evacuation plan is for the benefit of all staff and should be shared around your workplace so that everyone knows where to evacuate when the alarm sounds.
This document will also state what responsibilities the Fire Marshal’s / Wardens have and will also explain the different cause and effect of your fire alarm systems.
Contents of a FEEP:
- Action upon discovering a fire
- Fire Evacuation strategy
- Calling the fire brigade
- Actions taken upon hearing the fire alarm
- Identification of escape routes
- Duties of the Fire Marshals
- Assembly points
- Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan
- Liaison with the Fire Brigade and Emergency Services
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Fire Evacuation strategy
You need to consider how you arrange the swift evacuation of your premises in line with your fire risk assessment and other fire precautions you have or intend to put in place. There are a number of evacuations you can consider depending on your environment.
This is the most usual evacuation that most premises follow. Once the warning signal is given everyone will make their way via the escape route to a place of safety away from the premises. This simultaneous evacuation will be initiated by an alarm over the fire warning system or via the fire alarm.
Vertical phased evacuation
In larger premises, the emergency arrangements are designed to evacuate those who are at immediate risk from the fire immediately. It some instances it may be appropriate to only warn others that a fire has been reported but to remain calm and await further instructors. The phased evacuation is normally done by immediately evacuating the floor where the fire is located and the floor above. The additional floors are then evacuated one at a time to avoid congestion on the escape routes. The fire warning system should be capable to give two clear, distinct signals (evacuation and warning) or give appropriate voice messages.
Horizontal phased evacuation
In some cases a horizontal phased evacuation may be more relevant. This is particularly useful in hospitals or care homes where the floors may be divided into a number of fire resisting compartments.
Action on hearing the fire alarm
This plan should instruct everyone upon the hearing the fire alarm to act in accordance with the agreed FEEP strategy and should proceed to pre-determined positions to help guests and staff to leave the building by the nearest safe route.
Lifts and escalators should not be used unless they are part of a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan.
Personnel should never re-enter the building with the exception of the Fire Team.