Alaska Fire Drills: What you need to know

Alaska has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire/evacuation drills, with the exception of schools, childcare facilities, and assisted living facilities.
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However, standards of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), adopted by Alaska's own occupational safety and health act, require companies with 10 or more employees to have written fire prevention and emergency exit plans for each workplace. To ensure that the exit plan will work in an actual emergency, it is advisable to rehearse regularly with annual or semiannual drills. Employers with fewer than 10 employees may communicate the plans orally.
The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development suggests that employers include fire/evacuation drills as part of any workplace safety program. Local fire safety codes may contain additional requirements.
Owners or managers of public buildings are also asked to mark evacuation routes to points of egress with placards 8½ x 11 inches printed in black ink on white and with routes marked in red ink.
Information resources.The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) has drill preparedness information at http://www.ak-prepared.com. For information on earthquakes, wildfires, and tsunamis, including maps to determine if a facility is vulnerable, go to http://www.aeic.alaska.edu. For information on evacuation planning and implementation, go to http://www.alaska211.org.
Earthquake drills. The DHS&EM suggests that companies hold "cover and hold" earthquake drills where employees identify sturdy desks or tables, away from windows and unsecured wall hangings, heavy ...

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