Fire Safety Signs

Churchesfire specifies, supplies and installs a complete range of fire safety signs.

The Legal Requirement


You are required to have the appropriate fire safety signs correctly displayed under the following regulations:

  • The Fire Safety Order 2005
  • The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996

Non-compliance carries risk of prosecution.

Location

In determining where to deploy safety signs, employers need to take into account the results of their Fire Risk Assessment made under The Fire Safety Order. These assessments deal with hazard identification, the risks associated with those hazards, and the control measures to be taken. When these control measures have been taken, there may still be a 'residual' risk that employees need to be warned and informed of any further measures necessary. Safety signs will help to reduce this residual risk. The safety sign and signal regulations make it clear that safety signs are not a substitute for other means of controlling risks to employees; safety signs are to warn of any remaining significant risk or to instruct employees of the measures they must take in relation to these risks.

Example


People usually leave premises by the same way that they enter, or by routes which are familiar to them. Alternative exits (ie all emergency exits and any exits not in normal use) need to be clearly indicated so that people know that there are ways to leave other than the way they use to enter. Escape route signs should meet the following criteria:

  • They should provide clear, unambiguous information to enable people to safely leave a building in an emergency.
  • Every escape route sign should, where necessary, incorporate or be accompanied by a directional arrow. Arrows should not be used on their own.
  • If the escape route to the nearest exit is not obvious then it should be indicated by a sign(s).
  • Signs should be positioned so that a person escaping will always have the next escape route sign in sight.
  • Escape signs should be fixed above the door in the direction of escape and not be fixed to doors, as they will not be visible if the door is open.
  • Signs on walls should be mounted between 1.7m and 2.0m above the floor.
  • All signs and notices will need illumination to ensure they are conspicuous and legible.

Types of Safety Sign

There are a number of styles of fire and safety signs. Which type to use depends on the message that the sign carries.

  • Green Signs Are Called "Safe Condition" Signs

These signs can tell people either the location of certain safety equipment, such as first aid equipment and fire exits, or that it is safe to do something in case of an emergency.

Fire Exit, First Aid and Eye Wash Signs

  • Red Signs Are Called "Fire Safety" Signs

They are used to indicate the location of fire safety equipment.

Fire Extinguisher, Fire Alarm Call Point and Fire Point Signs

Fire Extinguisher sign Fire Call Point sign Fire Call Sign
  • Blue Circles Are Called "Mandatory" Signs

These signs give orders: it is a legal requirement to do whatever is written on the sign.

Fire Action, Fire Door Keep Closed and Protection Signs.

Safety Sign Design

For a sign to comply with safety signs and signals regulations it must be pictographic. The pictogram can be supplemented by text if this is considered necessary to make the sign more easily understood, but a safety sign must not use text only. The legibility of signs is determined by the size of the sign, its level of illumination and the distance over which it is viewed. The use of signs within the same premises should follow a consistent design pattern or scheme.

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