Mississippi Fire Prevention laws & safety compliance analysis

Mississippi Fire Prevention: What you need to know

Mississippi has no specific law or regulation requiring employers to conduct fire drills.

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However, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), which govern Mississippi'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.

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 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.

Local fire safety codes may contain additional requirements.

Hurricanes. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MSEMA) conducts a Hurricane Preparedness Week annually in May in conjunction with National Hurricane Preparedness Week. The state encourages businesses to use the exercise to test and review emergency plans for employees and facilities. A Hurricane Preparedness Guide is available for download at http://www.msema.org/preparation/hurricanes.html.

Tornadoes/severe weather.MSEMA, in conjunction with the National Weather Service, conducts annual severe weather drills in the spring and fall so that state residents will know what to do to keep safe at ...


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