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Quick Guide to Fire Assembly Points

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states that ‘emergency routes and exits must lead as directly as possible to a place of safety’ and that procedures for serious and imminent danger must enable the persons concerned to ‘immediately proceed to a place of safety in the event of their being exposed to serious, imminent and unavoidable danger’.

So what do you need to remember about fire assembly points to keep your staff safe?

Here’s our top 5 points to keep in mind:

  • Clearly indicate the assembly points outside of the building. Your fire risk assessment will designate these points, and you should signpost the routes to them with the correct notices. Ensure all signage is easy to see, and that staff are aware on joining the company where their specific fire assembly point is.
  • For larger sites, a well-formulated procedure should be in place to handle the evacuation of hundreds of people. The procedure should ensure staff safely move through various exit points to a single assembly point.
  • The site of assembly points are important. Consideration needs to be given to distance from the main building, and ease of accessibility by disabled people.
  • Depending on who you need to evacuate, it is a good idea to illuminate an assembly point and provide shelter. For example, a care home may have vulnerable people who would benefit from shelter in the event of forced evacuation.
  • You should advise employees and other persons visiting the building which assembly area to use in the event of evacuation. For employees, this should form part of their induction to the company. For visitors, it is good housekeeping to advise where the nearest exit points and assembly point is.

It is essential to have a well-thought out fire safety evacuation policy to ensure the safety of your employees and site visitors. A comprehensive fire risk assessment will look at your existing evacuation procedures, ensuring you comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. If you have an existing fire risk assessment, you should review it every 12 months and complete a new one every 3 years. For new sites, you should have a fire risk assessment completed within 3 weeks of opening.

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