Delaware has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills, with the exception of buildings with educational and institutional occupancies.
However, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which governs the Delaware 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.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires most employers to provide emergency exit routes, an emergency action plan, and a fire prevention plan, and 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.
Chapter 1 (General Safety Requirements) of the Delaware State Fire Prevention Regulations addresses fire prevention and protection of occupants through fire prevention measures, communication of emergency plans, and evacuation drills. Go to http://statefiremarshal.delaware.gov/ codes/part5/part5.pdf.
Educational occupancies. Once a month, schools and other educational institutions must hold fire drills that include complete evacuation of the building. Drills may be postponed in severe weather. Records of date and time of drills must be kept for 3 years.
Institutional occupancies. In ...