Fire evacuation plan – Everything you need to know

Geplaatst op 14 June 2023

Having a fire evacuation plan made for your company

Having a fire evacuation plan drawn up is an important part of creating safety in your building. An evacuation plan is a visual representation of the building, showing, among other things, escape routes and emergency exits.

Having a fire evacuation plan made requires an experienced specialist who has all the necessary information about the building. A safety expert draws this important information into a clear and well-organized floor plan.

What components are on a fire evacuation plan?

An evacuation plan contains several key components to support the safety and evacuation of people in a building in the event of an emergency. Some of the most important components are:

  • Building layout: The plan shows the layout of the building, including the different floors, corridors, rooms and important facilities such as stairwells, emergency exits, lifts and fire extinguishers.
  • Emergency exits: The locations of emergency exits are clearly indicated on the floor plan. This includes both main exits and any secondary exits that can be used during an evacuation.
  • Route marking: The evacuation plan includes arrows or lines indicating recommended evacuation routes.
  • Important facilities: Any important facilities such as fire extinguishers, first aid stations, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, etc.
  • Information on hazardous substances: If hazardous substances are present in the building, the evacuation plan can include information on their locations so that emergency services are aware of them during an emergency.
  • Assembly areas: Clearly marked assembly areas outside the building are indicated on the plan.

Is a fire evacuation plan mandatory?

Yes, having a fire evacuation plan is compulsory (Working Conditions Act chapter 2, article 3.1.E). The specific laws and regulations regarding evacuation plans may vary by country and region, though. In most cases, evacuation plans are mandatory for public buildings.

ISO 23601 is an important standard for evacuation plans that establishes the basic principles for creating evacuation plans, including the presentation of information, symbols, use of colour and the general structure of the plan. The purpose of the standard is to ensure that evacuation plans are internationally understandable and consistent so that people in different buildings and countries can easily interpret them during an emergency.

What should a fire evacuation plan comply with?

An evacuation plan must meet several requirements to be effective during an emergency. Although the requirements may vary depending on national regulations and standards, here are some general aspects that an evacuation plan must comply with:

  1. Clear representation of the building
  2. Clear indication of escape routes
  3. Indication of muster areas
  4. Clear and comprehensible symbols
  5. Legibility and visibility
  6. Up-to-date information

Where can you find the fire evacuation plan?

Evacuation plans are usually found in highly visible and strategic locations within a building or space, such as at entrances, emergency exits, lifts and stairwells. An evacuation plan should always be easy to find.

How large should an evacuation plan be?

The size of an evacuation plan can vary depending on several factors, such as the size of the building, the complexity of the layout and the requirements of local laws and regulations. What is important is that the floor plan is always legible, hung in a good location and in scale with reality.

Curious about exactly what requirements an evacuation plan for your business needs to meet? Contact our colleagues without obligation!

What are the costs for an evacuation plan?

The cost of evacuation plans depends on a number of factors, such as the size and complexity of your building, the detail required and the quality required. Want a free quote for your business? Then get in touch with us!

Fire Evacuation plans in accordance with NEN 1414

At Blomsma Signs & Safety, we always work in accordance with ISO and NEN standards. NEN 1414 is a standard that relates to evacuation plans and the safety signs on them. The standard provides guidelines for the design, layout and content of evacuation plans.

The purpose of NEN 1414 is to ensure a clear and unambiguous representation of escape routes, emergency exits, extinguishing means and other safety facilities on the plan.

Who can make fire evacuation plans for us?

Making an evacuation plan is not only a challenging and time-consuming task, but also an incredibly important one. Therefore, always have an evacuation plan made by a professional with the right knowledge and practical experience.

At Blomsma Signs & Safety, we have several safety expert draughtsmen with years of experience. They design evacuation plans by carefully planning, coordinating and thoroughly checking.

The service of Blomsma Signs & Safety

When you have evacuation floor plans made by Blomsma Signs & Safety, we not only ensure good visibility but also that the floor plans fully comply with all legal requirements and standards. This way, you will never have to worry about the safety of your visitors and/or employees.

At Blomsma Signs & Safety, we design evacuation plans with a simple, visually appealing style. This ensures better legibility even for people who are not used to viewing technical drawings, so everyone can take in the information. So everyone knows exactly what to do in an emergency.

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