On most days, we may notice an emergency fire exit in our building and not think twice about it. Since fire exits don’t get noticed much unless an emergency arises, they are susceptible to having debris piled up around them. This is very dangerous because fire exits must be clear at all times to allow people to leave the premises efficiently if a fire pops up. You don’t want to be placed in a scenario in which you can’t escape a fire, and fire exits cluttered with debris won’t help you make your escape any easier. Therefore, we’ll be going over the reasons fire exits must be kept clear, as well as what measures you can take to guarantee they stay clear.
Why Do Fire Exits Have to Stay Clear All of the Time?
Fire exits are what we use to escape a building when a fire breaks out. When fires occur, avenues that we would often take to get outside of the building are no longer available to us. These specialized exits are helpful in that regard because they provide us with an escape when other avenues are cut off.
Now, while having fire exits around your business is great in its own right, they don’t do you much good if they can’t safely and efficiently evacuate everyone in the building. Fire exits only prove to be helpful if they actually allow people to exit the building, and when these exits aren’t properly cleared, it takes much more time for people to make their escapes, and time isn’t always a resource we have in abundance.
How Can You Keep Fire Exits Clear?
You can start by confirming what your exit path will be in the event of a fire. By knowing what route you’ll take to leave the building, you’ll know which spots have to remain clear to allow for a safe and effective escape. If you find any obstructions along your designated path, make sure that your workplace safety committee or supervisor is informed.
The next step is likely more obvious, yet we still wish to emphasize its importance, and that is to make sure you don’t clutter your fire exits in the first place and get rid of obstructions where you see them. By taking action ahead of time to clear your fire exits, you’ll be that much more prepared if an emergency arises.
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