Life and Safety Systems Testing and Fire Drills
Fire and life safety preparedness includes regular testing of the fire alarm, fire suppression, and communications systems and regular fire drills.
The fire alarm and communications systems are tested regularly throughout the year. A full-building announcement is made prior to the beginning of the day’s testing, and an announcement is made on each floor when testing is about to begin on that floor. Another full-building announcement is made when system testing is finished for the day.
Fire drills are held twice a year. Notification giving the date and time of the planned fire drill is sent to tenants in advance. Tenants are requested to supply or update an existing list that shows the fire wardens, assistant floor wardens, and searchers, and a current list of employees who would require assistance in case of relocation/evacuation.
During a fire drill – and in an actual fire emergency – employees should move calmly and quickly to the nearest fire exit and proceed to their relocation floor. Fire drills are conducted as follows:
- Security personnel dispatch security officers to the affected floor, the floor above, and the floor below
- Fire alarm is activated
- Security officers on the affected floors observe the conduct of tenants and guests, ensuring that all areas of the floor are participating
- Security officers confirm that the floor wardens and assistant floor wardens are evacuating their assigned areas and closing doors behind them, and that searchers are checking restrooms, mail rooms, conference rooms, etc., as required
- These procedures are repeated for each affected floor
- After the drill has been successfully completed, an “all clear” announcement is made, and tenants may resume normal duties
- When the fire drill for each floor has been completed, the building manager will notify tenants in writing of the overall results of the drill and of specific problems