Whenever this question is asked at one of fire marshal courses in London, we get a mixed view. Slightly more favour not telling staff as this may help find out what a real evacuation will look like.
We take a different view! Here is why we think all staff should be warned of a fire drill:
- If all staff know when drills take place and fire alarms are tested – a better response should occur when a fire alarm goes of for a real incident!
- It provides the opportunity of setting a scenario which may make staff take a different route from the building.
- It provides for an opportunity for fire marshals and deputy fire marshals to practice the fire evacuation procedure and put in place any learning opportunities.
- It allows staff to use the drill as a training opportunity.
- By not telling staff this may lead to complacency and a false sense of security.
- Fire Brigade fire safety handbooks recommend it!
- It may prevent panic and any possible injuries!
Not everyone will agree, but we think the case for telling staff about fire drills has been made!!!
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