Welcome to our weekly quality improvement support series for 2021.
“It’s our polite nudge in the ribs to help you and your team stay organised and on task.”
This week’s subject is Fire Safety
Element 2.2.2: Incident and emergency management
Plans to effectively manage incidents and emergencies are developed in consultation with relevant authorities, practiced and implemented
FIRE…whether the threat be internal or based on your physical location, the ramifications of not being prepared are disastrous.
The causes can be hidden in your walls or an act of nature. Either way, complacency in respect of the steps to mitigate risk should be treated with zero tolerance.
Bushfires are an inherent part of Australia’s environment. The basic factors that determine whether a bushfire will occur include the presence of fuel, oxygen, and an ignition source. The intensity and speed the bushfire will spread depends on a variety of factors such as: the temperature, fuel load, wind speed and slope angle.
If your service is situated in a bushland setting or close to bushland all the above factors come into play when determining risk and response.
It’s a good time to ask yourself ‘where you are at’ in respect of:
- The currency of your Emergency Management Plan
- Risk assessments to determine any adjustments in emergency management and evacuation
- Emergency evacuation rehearsals and emergency kits
- Testing and maintenance of fire extinguishers, fire panels, smoke detectors emergency exit signs
- Professional development for staff on the use of emergency equipment
- Currency of emergency service contact details, including mobile number for emergency contact after hours.
Keep in mind that emergency and evacuation rehearsals must be completed every three months that the service is operating. The responsible person, all staff members, volunteers and children present at the time of the rehearsal must participate in each practice. A detailed record of these practices must be kept.
Bush Fire Emergency Management, Emergency Evacuation Rehearsal and Emergency Evacuation Incident modules including forms and records can be found on the Childcare Centre Desktop. We also have our version of the Emergency Management Plan (EMP) template.
Within System7 go to QA2 / Modules 24 to 29 to submit self-assessment notes and if required, open a QIP issue.
These modules include suggestions for: emergency evacuation practice, contact details, communicating with families, and testing of emergency equipment.
Resources, NQS Element, Regulation and System7 links
Childcare Centre Desktop – Compliance / Quality Area 2
National Quality Standard – QA2 / Element: 2.2.2
System7 Module – QA2 / Modules: 24 – 29
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