The past month has been another reminder of the power of weather to affect all parts of our life. Natural disasters have the power to overwhelm almost everything else in our news cycle-making hot-button issues like sports, international conflict, and even politics seem like extra noise, at least for a few minutes. The other power of disasters is that it forces us to remember and review our own procedures. No matter the cause of an emergency, taking time out to review your fitness facility's procedures is always a positive course of action.
AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator)
- These devices run on batteries. Have yours been checked lately? Establish who and when should complete your regular checks.
First Aid, CPR, and AED Certification
- Which staff members are required or should be certified? Quickly find certification opportunities in your area by visiting the Red Cross's certification database.
Standard Gym Injuries
- Make sure your first responders know who has responsibility for your clients. Have a specific plan and procedure to address any in-house injuries, such designating who is responsible for an incident report (view an example from Fitness Insurance here).
Emergency Exit Strategies
- Remember to review and update periodically to account for new employees, renovation, location changes, and more. A quick guide to procedures for any floorplan is available online from OSHA.
- The safest areas during different weather scenarios can vary. Make sure they're posted in your facility. An overview for different types of weather is available online from the NOAA.
- Power outages can affect your facility at any time of day. Make sure staff members know where emergency lighting or flashlights are located, and establish a plan to regularly check emergency lighting to make sure you won't be left in the dark when you need it most.
Does your facility or practice have additional safety procedures, practices, or policies that might be helpful for others? Or have you experienced how planning, practice, and taking responsibility have helped out during an emergency? We'd love to hear your additional examples below.