What is the process to follow to evacuate a building in case of an emergency?

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Procedure in case of fire before, during and after the event

First of all, we must have a safety plan. This will only be effective when active and passive fire protection elements are in place, but above all we must have an evacuation plan in case of emergency.

Passive fire protection (PFA) plays a preventive role. It encompasses all the systems that are installed with the aim of mitigating the consequences of a fire. It is considered passive protection because it works without human intervention, with the aim of allowing the evacuation of people and the intervention of emergency services.

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In short, passive protection represents all those constructive measures that allow a structure to resist a fire for a certain period of time, according to the regulations related to the type of building.

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Even if you think you’ll never be the victim of a fire inside a building, it’s best to be prepared and know what to do so you don’t panic if it does happen. If a fire breaks out, your first priority should be to get out and get those people who are with you out as quickly as possible. You won’t have time to fetch your valuables or even rescue your beloved pet. When it comes to building fires, timing is everything. If you want to know how you can stay safe during one so you have a better chance of survival, follow these steps.

Emergency Evacuation Guidelines

A good rule to follow during a home fire drill is to check if everyone can safely exit the house using the evacuation routes and be out and in the same place within 3 minutes. To make it more challenging, you could try some variations, such as simulating that the front door is locked and cannot be used to get out.

An evacuation plan can help all family members get out of a burning house. The idea is to get out quickly and safely. Smoke from a fire can make it hard to see where things are. That’s why it’s important to learn and remember the different ways out of the house. How many exits are there? How can you get to them from your bedroom? You may want to have your family make a floor plan that shows the evacuation plan.

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One of the exits may be blocked by smoke or fire, so you will need to know where the other exits are. If you live in an apartment building, you will need to know the best way to get to the stairwell or other emergency exits.