Fire Safety in Schools
Fires in schools can not only put lives at risk, but also affect students and staff in the production of school work and examination work which has been worked on for many months and in some cases years. By taking correct fire safety measures, schools can minimise the risk of fire and ensure that in the event of a fire, everyone is evacuated safely.
Fire risk assessments
In the UK it is a legal requirement that ALL schools MUST complete a Fire Risk Assessment. This must be updated and maintained regularly especially if changes are made to the building or working routines are changed.
You will need to:
- Ensure procedures are in place to reduce the risk of a fire
- Maintain and test Fire Alarms and other Fire Detection devices as required by the British Standards.
- Ensure ALL staff and pupils are aware of the Fire Exits and emergency fire evacuation plans in the event of a fire
- Ensure Fire Risk Assessments are kept up to date and regularly reviewed.
- Maintain and update accordingly, evacuation plans
- Perform regular fire drills to demonstrate the evacuation plan.
- Ensure means of escape routes are not blocked by any objects and are left clear during occupation of the school buildings.
- Make sure fire doors are NOT wedged open, as this will enable fire to travel.
Buildings are compartmentalised to delay the spread of fire from one area to another. These compartments are usually linked by fire doors to allow the flow of traffic around the building.
Fire Doors have two important functions in a fire; when closed they form a barrier to stop the spread of fire/smoke travel and when opened they provide a means of escape.
Therefore, a Fire Door, under no circumstances should be wedged open. HOWEVER, there are products designed specifically to shut when they detect sound of a fire alarm.
Dorgards are an excellent door accessory that allows a fire door to be kept in the open position, allow air circulation throughout the building and then in the event of a fire, the Dorgard will activate on detecting the fire alarm sound and automatically close the fire door to prevent the fire from spreading.
Fire Training for staff
Fire Training for staff members is a great way to ensure you have experienced people on site that are aware and prepared in the event of a fire.
Fire Safety Products
Ensuring you have in date fire safety equipment throughout the school is a great way to reduce the risk of fire spreading. Items such as Fire Extinguishers, Fire Safety Cabinets and Fire Blankets are useful products to have sited within premises.