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New Mexico Fire Drills: What you need to know

New Mexico has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire or evacuation drills, with the exception of schools. Local safety codes may contain additional requirements.
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New Mexico's state health and safety code (NM Stat. Sec. 50-9-1et seq.) has adopted the occupational safety standards set by 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 in place for each worksite. Employers with fewer than 10 employees may communicate the plans orally.
The state holds Severe Weather Week in March, Monsoon Awareness Week in June, and Winter Weather Awareness Week in October. The goal is to allow residents to plan for precautions they will take due to the state's rough terrain and mountains.
The state's Emergency Alert System uses local media to warn residents of impending severe weather. Counties and municipalities have systems of outdoor sirens to warn of tornadoes, wildfires, etc. Familiarize your employees with these warning systems.
Local officials in New Mexico may call for mandatory evacuations from threats to life and property. Private employers, especially those in areas prone to wildfires, should make and communicate contingency evacuation plans, including alternate routes away from facilities.
Last reviewed October 2014.

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