North Dakota Fire Drills: What you need to know

North Dakota has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills.
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However, federal Occupational Safety and Health Act(OSH Act) standards, which govern work safety in North Dakota, require that companies with 10 or more employees have written fire prevention and emergency exit plans for each workplace. To ensure that the exit plan can be executed properly in an actual emergency, it is advisable to rehearse periodically with annual or semiannual drills. Employers with fewer than 10 employees may communicate the plans orally.
Healthcare facilities. The state does require that healthcare and long-term care facilities and nursing homes have written fire safety and evacuation plans, conduct quarterly drills, and keep records (ND Cent. Code Sec. 33-3.24.1).
Local fire safety codes may contain additional requirements for certain types of buildings and industries. For more information, go to http://www.ag.nd.gov.
The North Dakota Division of Homeland Security's Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) provides guidance in planning for local, county, and tribal evacuations and sheltering in place. NDDES requests that emergency plans identify evacuation options and primary and secondary evacuation routes that address key concerns and threats in the specific local area and identify assembly areas and modes of transportation. Go to http://www.nd.gov or call 800-773-3259 for more information.
Last reviewed July 2014.

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