Given the difficulties of scheduling emergency evacuation drills and the resulting disruption to members and guests, club managers must use other means of training and testing employees on their responsibilities and actions during an emergency evacuation.Â Such an alternate means would be the use of departmental Emergency Evacuation Simulations.Â These routine periodic simulations would consist of a variety of cards describing simulated emergencies for each area of the operation and a supervisor testing employees what their actions would be when handed the card.
Simulation cards would be readily identifiable by design and color.Â Each card would:
- Describe an emergency scenario.
- Require the employee to describe his or her actions, including:
- Notification of the emergency.
- Location of emergency exits.
- Primary and alternate evacuation routes.
- Steps to evacuate members, guests, and other employees.
- Location of exterior assembly area.
Require the employee to list:
- Appropriate life safety actions in the presence of fire, heat, and smoke.
- Steps to fight or slow the spread of the fire.
- Require the employee to:
- Point out the location of fire pull stations.
- Point out the location of fire extinguishers.
- Explain the types of fire extinguishers and their respective uses.
- Simulate the use of a fire extinguisher, while describing the necessary operating procedures and techniques.
The supervisor presenting the simulation card would grade the employee responses and point out any incorrect actions or answers.Â The whole exercise should take no more than ten minutes and can be executed without disturbing normal service routines.
The use of Emergency Evacuation Simulation cards will increase the fire safety awareness of staff and reinforce critical information and experience regarding emergency evacuation procedures with a minimum disruption to members and guests.
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