Welcome to our weekly quality improvement support series for 2020.
“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, practised and implemented (NQS)
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 of the above factors come into play when determining risk and response.
It’s a prudent time of year to ask yourself where you are at in respect of:
- The currency of your Emergency Management Plan (EMP)
- Risk assessments to determine any adjustments in emergency management and evacuation procedures
- Emergency evacuation rehearsals and supporting emergency kits
- Testing and maintenance of fire extinguishers, fire panels, smoke detectors and emergency exit signs
- Currency of emergency service contact details, including mobile numbers for emergency contact after hours.
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.
To support emergency management documentation the Childcare Centre Desktop has dedicated modules for Bush Fire Emergency Management and Emergency Evacuation Management.
Resources, NQS Element, Regulation and System7 links
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