Why Every Business Should Have an Emergency Action Plan | SERVPRO of South Atlanta
When you think about keeping your workplace safe, you likely consider things like security alarms and doing regular maintenance—but have you stopped to consider how important an emergency action plan can be? Not only is a plan like this required by OSHA in many instances, but it is also something that can keep you and your staff much safer.
In the event of an incident such as a workplace fire, flood or other emergency scenario, being able to quickly and effectively get to safety is a must. Below, we will be taking a look at several of the reasons why an emergency action plan is important for any business owner.
Why You Should Have an Emergency Action Plan at Your Business
Panic can Cloud People’s Judgment | If an emergency situation such as a fire occurs, it can be a panic-inducing event. Many people have never experienced something like this before, and its frightening nature can cloud people’s judgment in the moment. However, if everyone has been trained on the evacuation plans and procedures, they are more likely to remember exactly what to do in this type of scenario so they can get to safety.
The Authorities can be Alerted More Quickly | Part of your emergency action plan should include having a designated person call 911 if it is appropriate to do so. That way, there is no confusion regarding who should be getting in touch with authorities and they are contacted as soon as possible in order to quickly address the issue. In an instance such as a fire in your commercial space, this quick response can make all the difference in regard to how much damage is sustained.
Everyone can Evacuate More Safely | Oftentimes, quick evacuations lead to panicked crowds trying to crowd exits or trample one another trying to get to safety. If everyone is trained on the evacuation procedure, they will know where all the exits are (to avoid crowding in one or two spots) and will know exactly where to go in the event of an emergency to avoid any confusion or chaos during an otherwise frightening event.
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