In order for the Fire and Life Safety Program to be effective, it is necessary that
all supervisory staff within the building participate in a comprehensive training
program. The program includes lectures and handouts and is followed up by a fire
drill to reinforce the training. The fire drill will provide an opportunity to provide
practical training of the emergency evacuation procedures and the use of the exit
facilities for all building occupants.
Ideally fire drills should begin with practices on each floor or area.
On completion of each drill, all people delegated responsibility should attend a
debriefing to report on their actions, the reactions of the occupants and observations
with recommendations to improve the evacuation process.
Fire drills shall be held at intervals not greater than 12 months for the supervisory
staff except that in day-care centers and in Group B (Hospital/Nursing Homes/Prisons)
major occupancies and residential care facilities, such drills shall be held at
least once per month; in schools attended by children total evacuation fire drills
shall be held at least 10 times each school year, and where practicable in the opinion
of the principal, at least once each month and; in High Rise Buildings such drills
shall be held at intervals not greater than 2 months.