Alabama Fire Prevention laws & safety compliance analysis

Alabama Fire Prevention: What you need to know

Alabama has no specific law or regulation requiring employers, other than schools, to conduct fire and evacuation drills. However, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which governs Alabama's 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.

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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires most employers to provide emergency exit routes, an emergency action plan (EAP), and a fire prevention plan (FPP), and to implement procedures to protect employees from fires. Although fire and evacuation drills are not specifically required by regulation, employers should also have written procedures for executing fire evacuation drills. Employees who supervise evacuations must be trained to perform the task.

Also check local fire safety codes, which may contain additional requirements.

Alabama holds statewide severe weather awareness and flood awareness events when localities, agencies, and organizations hold evacuation and other emergency drills.

The Department of Transportation has hurricane evacuation guides and maps available on its website at HurricaneInformation/hurricane_information .htm.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety, Department of Transportation, and Emergency Management Agency hold annual evacuation practice drills in June for the I-65 contraflow (lane-reversal) plans to ...

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