Be Ready When a Wildfire Ignites!

You never know when a wildfire will impact your region, so it’s important for business owners and managers to be prepared. We suggest having a complete evacuation plan in place for your business, employees, and customers. This is essential in preventing confusion, injuries, and even death.

According to OSHA, an effective evacuation plan should be reviewed with workers and include:

  • Conditions that will activate the plan
  • Chain of command
  • Emergency functions and who will perform them
  • Specific evacuation procedures, including routes and exits
  • Procedures to account for personnel, customers and visitors
  • Equipment for personnel (safety glasses, respirators, hard hat, etc.)

We also recommend implementing these five best practices as part of your overall fire safety strategy:

  1. Establish a safety zone perimeter around your business—it will help prevent loss
  2. Clear out any vegetation and dry brush within 30 feet of the facility
  3. Remove any combustibles or other flammable materials from the building
  4. Train your team on what do in case of an emergency
  5. Have emergency drills throughout the year, and make any needed changes to your evacuation plan

ICW Group has compiled emergency preparedness checklists and guides to help. Visit our Policyholder Center for more on how to prepare for the next emergency.

Robert Harrington
Robert Harrington
Robert joined ICW Group in 2015 and provides risk management services in our southern California region. Robert assists clients across a spectrum of industries, including construction, transportation, healthcare, warehousing and distribution, agriculture, and manufacturing. His professional certifications include the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) & Advanced Safety Certificate (ASC).

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