LouAnn Mallon writes:
> WOW! Not certain about anyone else - BUT - I really
> believe that you should practice like it is the real
> thing. Talking about what you will do and REALLY
> doing it are two different things with many people.
> They say they understand but when it comes down to
> real action - you may see it is a truly different
> matter! I say PRACTICE THE REAL DRILL.
> If nothing else - it will be good for most employee's
> circulation! (and their brain's circulation!)
Fire alarm annual testing and certification is not the same as alarm activation in support of a preparedness exercise (drill, e.g.). The annual testing can take hours of devices sounding and flashing, depending on the number of devices and the number of inspectors. It is nothing like an alarm-evacuation scenario, unless management agrees to a) have the first 3 minutes of the testing work like a drill and b) have all the occupants stay out for the duration of the testing.
John DeLaHunt, MBA, ARM
Risk and Life Safety Manager
Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management Department
The University of Texas at San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249
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