On the Radar: Timing of Fire Drills
Organizations are seeing an increase in deficiencies associated with the timing of fire drills.
A recent blog post by George Mills, Director of Engineering at The Joint Commission provides the following guidance:
Fire drills are to be conducted at varying times, and should not establish a predictable pattern, per 18/220.127.116.11. For example, a third-shift drill held at 6 a.m. one quarter and at 6:30 a.m. the next, in order to accommodate schedules of those overseeing the drill (easily establishes a pattern of conducting drills). Therefore, The Joint Commission requires that fire drills vary by at least one hour from quarter to quarter for each shift, through four consecutive quarters. Consecutive first shift drills of 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 9 a.m., although greater than one hour apart, would be considered a pattern. Fire drills should be spread out over the full shift.