Importance of Fire Drills
The best way to test whether your Emergency Plan and your fire training have been effective is to carry out a fire drill. Short of a real emergency, this is the only way of identifying any areas where people are not clear about their role, or where your Emergency Plan does not work quite so well in practice because of some scenario or complication you had not considered.
As well as the comfort of knowing that your plan actually does work well in practice, your staff will be much more calm and comfortable in a real emergency if they are already used to ‘going through the motions’ in fire training.
As the Responsible Person, the most useful thing you can do during a drill is to observe what happens, including timing how long it takes to get everyone out of the building.