We understand that caring for your students doesn’t just stop with their education and learning. Protecting them from fire and the dangers that it brings is a high priority for all establishments.
In the 12 months leading to April 2019, there were 582 fires across Nurseries, Schools, Colleges and Universities.
To make fire safety a little easier, we’ve pulled together a checklist for your premises.
Fire Safety Checklist for Your Education Premises
Is your fire risk assessment up to date and thoroughly reviewed?
It is recommended that a review of your risk assessment is completed annually with a new risk assessment being completed every 3 years or should your premises have changed. With this in mind you can check out our quick guide to Risk Assessments here
Have you got an out of hours fire safety plan?
Fire safety in schools, colleges and universities doesn’t stop after the students leave. Measures should be taken to ensure your educational establishments are also safe from fire, outside of working hours, including holidays.
Have all staff received evacuation training, specifically for vulnerable students?
Your school’s staff and fire wardens should all undertake general fire training, ensuring they are aware of their responsibilities and tasks in the event of a fire. Consequently, this should include actions to be taken for vulnerable students, making sure they are kept safe at all times.
Are your fire doors fully operational?
Fire doors will slow down and limit the spread of a fire, allowing staff more time to safely evacuate the building. Fire doors should be checked quarterly and kept clear of obstacles such as bags and equipment. Make sure they are not wedged open, especially during the summer when the weather may be hotter.
Do you have the correct extinguishers in the correct places?
It’s important to have the right extinguishers in the right locations to tackle the different types of fire. Fire extinguishers also need to be serviced annually and replaced once they are out of date. However, you can check the date of the most recent service by looking at the service label on your extinguishers.
If you can answer “NO” to any of the above, then it is likely that your fire safety precautions are not sufficient for your Premises.
Please note this is a guidance document and is not to be used as a standalone document in ensuring you’re correctly protected from fire.