Building evacuation when the (fire) alarm sounds!

Mireille Stocker 2022

Mireille Stocker
Consultancy Services Manager, Assurity Consulting
19th April 2023

Not many, but there are still some people, who put their telephone call/meeting, above their own personal safety and that of others. I had hoped that after the tragedy that occurred at Grenfell Tower, that was so public, that this really would not happen anymore, but sadly it does. 

What I would like to suggest, perhaps tell the people who decide not to evacuate, when an alarm is sounding, to think of those people who would have to rescue them if they ever needed rescuing. Those people (Firefighters) are someone’s husband/wife/partner, Mum/Dad, brother/sister etc. And it is those people who have not evacuated, as instructed, and trained to do so, that have totally unnecessarily put the Firefighters at risk – when there was absolutely no need. 

Also let them know that not only do people, who do not evacuate when the alarm sounds, put others at risk, they delay all the tens and sometimes thousands of people, who have quickly and safely evacuated, out of their building for longer, while information is gathered on who has not evacuated.

Please keep your employees safe and explain the importance of fire evacuations clearly to them, if the time did come for an emergency evacuation, it really could be a matter of life or death.