When it comes to emergencies, preparation is often the best defense. These tips can help prepare your Post should an emergency ever occur.
The Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends creating a thorough emergency action plan that includes the following:
- A preferred method for reporting fires and other emergencies
- An evacuation policy and procedure
- Emergency escape procedures and route assignments, such as floor plans, workplace maps, and safe or refuge areas
- Names and telephone numbers of individuals both within and outside your Post to contact for additional information or explanation of duties and responsibilities under the emergency plan
- Procedures for members who remain to perform or shut down operations, operate fire extinguishers, or perform other essential services
- Rescue and medical duties for any workers designated to perform them
How to Create your Evacuation Routes
Evacuation routes are an important part of your Post’s emergency plan. Be sure to designate primary and secondary evacuation routes and exits. When possible ensure that evacuation routes and emergency exits meet the following conditions:
- Clearly marked and well lit
- Wide enough to accommodate the number of evacuating personnel
- Unobstructed and clear of debris at all times
- Unlikely to expose evacuating personnel to additional hazards
Post these evacuation routes and exits throughout your building for all members to see.
Preparation for Emergencies
To be prepared in the event of an emergency, consider keeping these safety essentials on hand:
- Fully-stocked first aid kit
- Flashlights with extra batteries
- Fire extinguishers
- Emergency evacuation plans
Additional essentials may be beneficial based on your Post’s building and needs.
For more safety tips, contact Lockton Affinity at PostInsurance@LocktonAffinity.com or 800.669.9944.
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