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Published March 26th, 2020

What is a Fire Drill Checklist?

A fire drill checklist is used by safety coordinators to ensure that emergency evacuation procedures are established and prepared before the scheduled drill. It helps streamline emergency procedures and business contingency plans, while also evaluating equipment readiness.

Fire evacuation drills are conducted in the UK in compliance with The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Regular drills help refresh individual knowledge on safety evacuation to avoid unnecessary incidents or fatality caused by fire.

This article will briefly discuss: (1) 5 essential steps to do before and after a fire evacuation drill; (2) technology used to help ensure safe fire evacuation; and (3) free downloadable fire drill templates you can use to assess fire evacuation drills.

5 Essential Steps to Do Before and After a Fire Evacuation Drill

Fire evacuation drill is often neglected by many. Inadequate implementation of fire evacuation drills can result to panic, chaos and miscommunication. Due to lack of proper fire drill execution, people do not have sufficient knowledge about the point of evacuation, the safety equipment available, and how to properly use them in the event of fire.

Therefore, all businesses should perform fire evacuation drills as part of their emergency procedure to protect people from major injuries. Here are 5 essential steps to help safety officers and coordinators to perform fire evacuation drill more efficiently:

  1. Coordinate with all relevant parties

    Fire evacuation drills should be scheduled, planned, and calibrated by all relevant parties including the fire department, building/ property owners, and tenants. A notification should be sent with specific details to clarify what to do during the drill.

  2. Establish fire emergency procedures

    Gather employees and coordinate what to expect during the drill. Divide the group into small teams and assign a trained fire warden to observe and help employees if unexpected issues occur. Organize and facilitate the entire evacuation procedure. Clearly state the emergency evacuation plan, discuss the do’s and don’ts during the drill, and point out the evacuation area.

  3. Secure your team

    Make a list of all attending participants and ensure everybody knows the point of registry. Communicate if there are people with disabilities (PWD) and visitors that need special attention. Make sure these people know the building protocols and safety procedures.

  4. Assess the fire evacuation process

    Evaluate the whole process of fire evacuation and identify areas for improvement. Assign immediate actions for any noncompliance observed and create a report to comply with legal requirements.

  5. Use technology to help ensure fire evacuation safety

    A paper-based fire evacuation drill checklist can be easily damaged and misplaced during the drill. The inconvenience of using pen and paper to record your visual inspections and observations would be challenging and time-consuming.
    By using a powerful inspection app like iAuditor, you can:

    • Perform pre-drill inspections with a mobile device.
    • Attach or capture photos of potential hazards with detailed descriptions.
    • Keep your inspection and assessment records secure in the cloud.
    • Share fire drill reports faster and more efficiently.


Jona Tarlengco

SafetyCulture staff writer

Jona has been part of SafetyCulture for more than 2 years contributing her experience in writing quality and well-researched content. She usually writes a topic about risks, safety, and quality.