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Illinois Fire Drills: What you need to know

Illinois has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills, with the exception of public and private schools.
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However, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which governs the Illinois occupational safety and health system, 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 exit plan will work in an actual emergency, it is advisable to rehearse regularly with annual or semiannual drills.
A more detailed discussion of federal OSH Act emergency and fire plan requirements is available.
Local fire safety codes may contain additional requirements.
Under the School Safety Drill Act, public and private schools must conduct three fire drills per year, one bus evacuation drill, and one tornado drill (105 ILCS 128/1 et seq.). Licensed childcare and daycare facilities must also conduct fire drills to comply with state fire code standards.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), in conjunction with the National Weather Service, conducts an annual Severe Weather Preparedness Week in March, which includes a statewide tornado drill.Businesses are encouraged to participate in this event as part of the regularly scheduled drills of emergency plans, including building evacuation and shelter-in-place procedures.
The IEMA also has preparedness information on tornadoes, floods, blizzards, and other disasters on its website at http://www.state.il.us/iemaor by calling 217-557-4756.
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