- What would happen in the event of a fire at your workplace?
- Do you know the quickest way out of your building?
- Would you know the right extinguisher to use in all situations?
- Would your escape route be clear?
These are some of the questions you will be asking yourself when considering fire emergencies in your workplace and you should have in place a fully comprehensive fire emergency plan.
Fire safety and evacuation plans should show how you have:
- a clear passageway to all escape routes
- clearly marked escape routes that are as short and direct as possible
- enough exits and routes for all people to escape
- emergency doors that open easily
- emergency lighting where needed
- training for all employees to know and use the escape routes
- a safe meeting point for staff
- special arrangements for people with mobility needs, i.e. wheelchair users
(Taken from gov.uk website 10/11/2014: https://www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities/fire-safety-and-evacuation-plans)
As part of the plan you should also ensure that escape routes are clearly marked with signs and that they comply with BS5499-2:1986 Fire safety signs, notices and graphic symbols, Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and the Building Regulations 1991.
This may seem like a lot to take in to account, but here at Eureka! we have taken the time to ensure that all of our fire and emergency exit signs comply with all of these regulations. Our range includes a variety of messages; Fire exit, Push bar to open and Fire assembly point are popular choices and help employers meet the signage requirements on their premises.
Where appropriate Fire exit signs should have an arrow accompanying the signs which communicates to the viewer where they need to go next. For example, if from their current location, they are required to turn right out of the door and go down stairs you should use the Fire exit sign with the diagonal down-right sign.
Signs should be located in prominent positions to communicate effectively the route to your refuge or assembly point; normally above doors or in long corridors, ensuring they can be located quickly in the event the alarm is sounded.
Emergency escape signs clearly communicate the correct way to open a door, be push to open or turn to open, these instructions can save time in an evacuation and save lives!
Once outside of your premises it is important for your employees and visitors to know exactly where they need to go, so that a nominated person can take a register and ensure that everyone is accounted for. This is especially important for larger businesses where people could be a variety of places on your site.
Placing a Fire assembly point sign, ensures that people know exactly where to go, so they can be accounted for. It is important that people are accounted for, so that you can inform the fire service of anyone who is unaccounted for and may be trapped in the building.
For complete guide on workplace fire safety and your responsibility as an employer, please visit the gov.uk website which details what you need to know. https://www.gov.uk/workplace-fire-safety-your-responsibilities/who-is-responsible - Eureka! has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information provided on this post. However, the information is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. Eureka! does not accept any responsibility or liability for the accuracy, content, completeness, legality, or reliability of the information contained on this post.