South Dakota has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills. Local fire safety codes, however, may contain drill requirements.
However, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) standards, which govern work safety in the private sector, 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 successfully 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.