KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Businesses around Kansas City are wondering if they need an evacuation plan in place after the OSHA report cited JJ's Restaurant for not having one at the time of the explosion.
Every year, fire investigators go around to businesses and check many things including fire extinguishers. But, business owners tell 41 Action News an evacuation plan is not part of it.
"You want to make sure all your guests are taken care of no matter what the situation," Michael Foust, owner of The Farmhouse, said.
From their first day on the job, Foust trains every employee at his restaurant to know what to do in case of any emergency. Knowing where the exits are is the first of many steps.
"Choking is one of the biggest hazards in a restaurant so they need to know how to do the Heimlich maneuver, but also with CPR," Foust said.
Foust isn't only an owner of the River Market restaurant; he is a volunteer firefighter.
"So, it was really easy for me to set a plan of evacuation here. What happens if we do smell gas? Who do we call? Where are the numbers that you call?” he said.
Those numbers he found quickly two years ago when he hit a gas line.
"Drilled down through the floor instead of up through the floor," Foust said. "We shut all operations down. We evacuated everybody out of the building."
The tone of how it's handled is also part of the evacuation plan.
"I can come in there and say, ‘Everybody needs to get out of here now!’ Everybody is up and out. Or I can go in and say ‘We have a gas leak and I think everybody should exit the premises right now.’” Foust said.
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