Arizona Fire Drills: What you need to know

Arizona has no specific law or regulation requiring employers, other than school systems, to conduct fire drills. Arizona's own state health and safety code has adopted the safety standards of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act). The OSH Act requires that companies with 10 or more employees have written fire prevention and emergency exit plans for each workplace Employers with fewer than 10 employees may communicate the plans orally. To ensure that the plans will work in an actual emergency, it is advisable to rehearse regularly with annual or semiannual drills.
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Local safety codes may have additional requirements.
The Arizona Division of Emergency Management holds statewide Severe Weather Alertness Week exercises in February to allow communities to test procedures for large-scale weather-, technical-, or terrorism-based disasters and evacuations. For more information, go to http://www.dem.azdema.govor call 800-411-ADEM (2336).
State buildings. Evacuation drills are held annually at all Capital Mall and Tucson facilities. The Arizona Department of Administration requires security managers in buildings under its General Services Division to develop emergency plans for evacuation, designate floor wardens, provide evacuation training, and conduct adequate drills.
Counties. Because of the number of unincorporated areas in the state, each county develops evacuation plans and identifies evacuation routes. Evacuations are communicated through radio and television broadcasts on outlets of the Arizona Emergency Alert Systems and by sirens. Local law enforcement vehicles provide information on evacuation routes using public address systems.
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