Fire Drill Requirements

The 2008 International Fire Code requires all Group B (business) buildings having an occupant load of 500 or more persons, or more than 100 persons above or below the lowest level of exit discharge, must perform annual fire drills. High-rise buildings, institutional occupancies (Hospitals), assembly occupancies greater than 300 persons, educational occupancies (Daycare and K-12), and residential occupancies (Dormitories, Residence Halls and Apartments) must conduct fire drills at the frequencies noted below:

Group or Occupancy Frequency Participation
Business Annually Employees
High-rise Annually Employees
Hospital Quarterly
(for each shift)
Employees
Assembly Quarterly
(for employees only)
Employees
Educational Occupancies Monthly Employees
Residential Quarterly All Occupants

All departments are encouraged to conduct an evacuation drill at least annually in accordance with their written Emergency Evacuation and Operations Plan (EEOP).

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Conducting the Fire Drill - Participation

For High Rise Occupants

Seattle Fire Code, Article 193, requires that high-rise facilities have fire drills or related activity at least every quarter (not to exceed 120 days). To meet this requirement University high-rise buildings will do the following:

  1. Every quarter the building evacuation director, his or her alternates, and evacuation wardens will meet to conduct an exercise or to review their procedures and duties.
  2. Annually, the evacuation director will conduct a fire drill that will include the participation of all the building occupants. It is recommended that the annual drill be conducted during Autumn quarter to orient new faculty, staff and students.

For Low Rise Occupants

The Washington Administrative Code 296-24-567 requires that all employees train a sufficient number of persons to assist in safe and orderly emergency evacuation of employees. To meet this requirement and satisfy public safety for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors, University low-rise buildings must conduct a fire drill that will include the participation of all the building occupants. It is recommended that the annual drill be conducted during Autumn Quarter to orient new faculty, staff and students.


Alarm Activation and Evacuation

  1. Special props, if used, should be installed just prior to activating the alarm.
  2. A building wide alarm will be initiated by Plant Operations personnel upon request of the Fire Safety Director. In some buildings, an all-call announcement indicating that this is a drill will be made prior to activation of the speakers and strobes as follows:

"A building wide fire drill will commence in the next few minutes. This is only a drill but it requires full participation. If you are unfamiliar with fire drill procedures, please ask your colleague or other building occupant"

For High Rise Occupants

  • Evacuation of all occupants should follow in accordance with established procedures (See above and Appendices C and N). In a high-rise building, occupants may have two predetermined assembly points, one inside and the other outside. Which assembly point occupants use will be based on the number of floors above grade and the number of floors in alarm. Depending on the size of the building there may even be more than one outside assembly point.
  • During evacuation, Evacuation Wardens will direct occupants to the stairwells and tell them where to reassemble. In high-rise buildings, this is often four floors below the fire floor. The Evacuation Wardens may also station helpers in front of the elevator to make sure no one attempts to use it.

For Low Rise Occupants

  • Evacuation of all occupants should follow in accordance with established procedures (See above and Appendix C).
  • Evacuation Wardens must report to their area of responsibility.