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Blog
10/11/2016
You probably spend at least 1/3 of your day at the office, but do you know what steps you should take if you encounter an emergency situation while you're there? If you'd like to remain safe in an eventuality in your workplace, follow the tips in this post.

How to Prepare Expertly for An Emergency Situation in the Workplace

Get to Know the Place You Work In

Can you imagine having an accident at the office and not knowing where the first aid kit is? Or being in a natural disaster and not knowing where the evacuation routes are located? If you don't want to be disoriented in an emergency while you're at work, make sure you know your surroundings well enough. As mentioned, you should know where the first aid kit is, but you should also take note of the emergency exists, the evacuation routes, the safety zones, the fire extinguisher, and more. You should also find out if there's a doctor in the building or where the safety marshal is, so you know who to turn to if needed.

Participate in Your Office's Safety Training Sessions

In many occasions, companies will offer their employees safety training, so they know how to react if there's ever an eventuality during work hours. Not only that, but they are also obligated to conduct fire drills at the office every so often, so people know what to do and where to go if there's an accident, a natural disaster, or another mishap. If the place you work in has these activities for its employees, make sure to participate in them actively. There, you'll learn valuable information that can allow you to remain safe and be assertive in a crisis. This way, you can keep yourself unharmed, and you may even lend your coworkers a hand.

Keep a Clean and Organized Work Space

Some people don't mind having clutter, trash, and a general mess around their desk. Some even prefer it to be that way to work effectively. However, if you're one of those people, you should know that this isn't the safest approach. This is because clutter and disorder can actually lead to confusion, accidents, and more when evacuating the premises during an emergency. For that reason, it is important that you and your teammates keep bags, trash cans, among other items away from hallways, so no one trips and falls when making their way out. You should take care of your belongings, and notify your coworkers so they can put their things away nicely as well. Trust that if your office space or your home is ever in need of an experienced helping hand that can deal with water, fire, mold, or smoke damage, Walker & Frick Construction Co., Inc. DKI in Richmond is the team to turn to. Call 804.282.1281 to learn more about their services, or to request a free estimate on emergency property restoration in Richmond.

Keep Certain Necessities Within Arm's Reach

Another thing you can do to remain safe if something were to occur while you're at work, is keep certain necessities nearby (for example, in your desk). Keep a small emergency kit, filled with non-perishable food, drinking water, a first aid kit (with medical equipment, basic medicines, etc.), a flashlight, a small fire extinguisher, among other useful tools that can keep you safe. Having these in one of your drawers, can ensure that you'll be able to use them promptly and effectively if they're ever needed. You should, however, make sure that you know how to use them effectively, and that they are in proper condition for when the situation calls for them.

Listen to Authority Figures if There's a Mishap

Finally, as you may be aware, it's crucial that you listen to authority figures (for instance, a policeman, a fire fighter, a doctor, or the safety marshal) if a disastrous situation does take place in your office. You can help them by being calm, following their instructions, and generally, allowing them to do their job effectively. Only help your coworkers if you absolutely know how to handle the situation they're in. If not, it's better that you let those more qualified than you help everybody remain as safe as possible.

If Your Workplace or Home is in Dire Need Emergency Property Restoration in Richmond

Remember that if your home or office is ever affected by a disaster or accident, you can get it back to normal with the help of the team of experts over at Walker & Frick Construction Co., Inc. DKI in RichmondLearn more about how they can assist you during those difficult times by calling 804.282.1281. You can also contact them to ask for a free estimate on emergency property restoration in Richmond.