As a condition of certification, aircraft manufacturers are required to demonstrate that their aircraft can be completely evacuated in 90 seconds in an emergency. Their method is far from comprehensive, and it’s the same for your staff evacuation planning.
From 1 July 2018, changes to the Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fire Safety, Evacuation Procedures, and Evacuation Schemes) Regulations 2018 provide a new foundation for fire precaution measures and the safe, prompt and efficient evacuation in the case of an alarm or fire. While New Zealand has a good history of fire safety within commercial and industrial buildings and the loss of life has been minimal, a number of buildings are still affected by fire each year. The new Regulations aim to improve the level of protection building occupants have from the risk of fire.
Ensuring up to date occupancy numbers and evacuation plans is a job that can easily slip without the attention of a diligent Fire Safety Consultant.
Slow fire evacuations put lives at risk – other occupants, the fire fighters, and your own. Office fires move swiftly – effective evacuation plans are essential.
You have fire alarms, fire evacuation plans and well trained fire wardens, so emergency evacuations should go smoothly – right? Not always!