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A fire, hazardous chemical spill or bomb within a building obviously would necessitate immediate evacuation to a safe location outside the building. So having a solid, rehearsed plan in place could mean the difference between life and death.

In fact, evacuation planning and fire drills have been required by fire prevention codes for decades.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations (29 CFR 1910.38) for employee safety in the workplace require emergency-action plans that include employee evacuation. An effective evacuation plan will include:

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