For occupancies smaller than those requiring a Level 1 plan, the simplified fire and emergency preparedness plans must be implemented. The International Fire Code was put in place to improve fire prevention and encourage fire safety in all buildings in New York City. Unfortunately, emergencies do occur and it’s important to have procedures in place to avoid confusion and added stress to the situation. The Safety Group recognizes the importance and need for a simplified fire plan, and we always stay up to date with the latest changes in building and safety codes.
What does a Level 2 Emergency Preparedness Plan Include?
This plan should include all aspects of emergency planning and preparedness that a level one plan would contain. All plans need to address non-fire emergencies and the coordination of a CPR response to medical emergencies. An emergency preparedness staff member in the building must have access to the public emergency notification system and have procedures in place. Fire drills must be implemented in accordance to the building fire plan. Practicing the proper measures is important to the overall safety of the building and its occupants.
A hotel between 15-50 rooms would fall in the level 2 category and should have a simplified fire and emergency preparedness plan in place. Institutional and some educational occupancies also fall under the level 2 category.
Level 2 Staffing
All buildings and occupancies under this plan are required to designate an FEP coordinator, which is a responsible person to oversee the fire emergency plan and preparedness requirements. This coordinator must attend training courses and receive a Fire Department Certificate of Fitness (COF). This certificate is required to prepare a level 1 or 2 plan.
The Importance of Emergency Preparedness Plans
The lack of a clear and precise emergency plan in place could lead to serious hazards to all building occupants that could have been avoided in the first place. In the event of an emergency, chaos could ensue if there are no procedures or guidance available. Proper planning is the only way to stay as calm as possible during an emergency. At The Safety Group, we work with you to be as prepared as possible so that fatalities and injuries can be prevented. Every building is different and requires a unique action plan and the procedures in place should be exclusive to the building layout, structural features, and emergency systems in place.
The Safety Group in New York City and Philadelphia creates, submits, and prepares comprehensive fire safety and emergency action plans for any building in need. We have a proven track record for following standard guidelines for buildings that fall under all levels to ensure approval and accuracy with the submission. It is our duty to protect all citizens in the event of an emergency. Contact us today to learn more about how our attention to detail can save lives and money.
For more information on the other fire code levels and what they consist of, click here.