Fire Safety & Evacuation Planning

Where Required 

Requiredfor all buildings with a fire alarm system or one of the following occupanciesand buildings:

  • Assembly – Except religious worship facilities with less than 2,000 occupants.
  • Business – Except buildings with occupant load less than 500 total or 100 people above/below the level of exit discharge.
  • Educational
  • Factory/Industrial - Except buildings with occupant load less than 500 total or 100 people above/below the level of exit discharge.
  • Hazardous
  • Institutional
  • Residential – Except R-3
  • High – Rise Buildings
  • Mercantile - Except buildings with occupant load less than 500 total or 100 people above/below the level of exit discharge.
  • Covered Mall Buildings exceeding 50,000 square feet
  • Underground Buildings
  • Any buildings with an atrium attached to an Assembly, Educational, or Mercantile occupancy.

Evacuation & Fire Safety Plan Requirements 

Fire safety and evacuationplans shall be developed by the building owner, current tenant and/or lessee.Evacuation Plans shall be in accordance with the following requirements:

  • The procedure forreporting a fire or other emergency.
  • Identification of anypersonnel designated to rescue or render emergency care.
  • The procedures ofnotifying employees of a fire or other emergency.
  • The primary and anysecondary means of notifying the Fire Department.
  • A description (ifapplicable) of any emergency voice communication system.
  • The life safety strategyand procedures for notifying, relocating or evacuating occupants, includingoccupants who need assistance.
  • A list of major firehazards associated with the normal use and occupancy of the premises, includingmaintenance and housekeeping procedures.
  • Identification andassignment of personnel responsible for maintenance of systems and equipmentinstalled to prevent or control fires.
  • Identification andassignment of personnel responsible for maintenance, housekeeping, andcontrolling fuel hazard sources.
  • Emergency egress/escaperoutes and whether full or partial evacuation (if approved).
  • Procedure for employeesthat must remain to operate critical equipment, if approved.
  • Procedures for assistingthose that cannot exit or negotiate stairs without assistance.
  • Procedures for accountingfor all employees after evacuation.
  •  A site plan indicating thefollowing:
    • Evacuation assembly points
    • Fire Hydrant Locations
    • Fire Department Vehicle Access
  • Floor plans identifyingthe locations of the following:
    • Exits
    • Primary evacuation routes
    • Secondary evacuation routes
    • Accessible egress routes
    • Areas of Refuge
    • Exterior areas for assisted rescue
    • Manual fire alarm boxes
    • Portable fireextinguishers
    • Fire alarm annunciatorsand control panels