Have you ever had a Smoke or Fire Incident at your Facility?

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Have you ever had a Smoke or Fire Incident at your Facility and How do you handle Smoke Evacuation?

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Most evacuations will be the same, regardless of its source (fire, water, etc). Your documentation (fire drills, etc.) should specify: the people/organizatins to contact, location of the nearest exit(s) and where people will meet once they are outside.

The only variance would perhaps occur if a bomb threat was announced. Here you would want to inspect/identify the safest passage(s) and use those, rather than all the exits (because you don’t know where the bomb may be placed).

Don’t forget to check places where people may be located that could not be contacted for the evacuation – places such as washrooms, meeting rooms, lunch rooms, furnace/boiler rooms, storage areas, high noise areas, etc. Someone should be appointed to visit these areas to ensure everyone has evacuated the site.

A tool often overlooked is the guest login book. This will show which visitors are in your site, and will also help when you do evacuation head-counts.

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  • Dave mc
    By smoke evacuation in this answer I am assuming you are asking as to how to get the actual smoke out of the building or computer room. If your computer room has gas fire suppressant you should have a special designed gas evacuation system installed than can be used to remove smoke as well. This can be a special fan or using a exhaust and fresh air systems. If it is a normal building you may have a either a fresh air cycle (Mixed Air or Economizer Cycle) and force the system onto the fresh air cycle or some sites have a smoke spill fan that is for the fire brigade to use to ensure the building is not smoke flooded during either fire fighting or evacuation.
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