Keeping Your School Safe From Fire

Author - Emily Weekes |
Publish Date - January 22, 2024

It’s vital to ensure nurseries, schools, colleges, universities and other educational facilities are kept safe from the threat of fire. At Churches Fire & Security, we provide advice and guidance, as well as protective fire-fighting equipment to safeguard against the damaging effects of fire. As with all businesses, every school is different with varying designs, layouts and occupancies. Some may offer accommodation to students whilst others are tailored for those with additional physical and mental requirements. In this blog we’ll discuss the best practices for fire safety in schools.

Important school fire safety measures

In order to protect students and staff from the potentially devastating effects of fire, it’s vital that schools:

Fire safety in schools - emergency exit

Key considerations for fire safety plans in schools 

Due to the considerable differences in buildings and requirements, it’s important for each school facility to develop their own personalised fire safety plan.

Key points to consider when creating a plan:

  • How is a fire evacuation managed during – and out of – school hours?
  • Are enough fire exits, within limited travel distance, present throughout all school buildings?
  • What is the plan for those with special education requirements or different ability levels? Are personal emergency evacuation plans required?
  • Carry out regular fire drills for those who board to ensure pupils can be safely evacuated at night if necessary
  • Check that all fire doors are closed at night to compartment the building
  • Are fire escapes kept clear of obstruction?
  • Schools can experience issues with vandalism of equipment. Regularly check fire extinguishers, emergency lighting, fire alarms and call points for signs of damage and repair as required with the assistance of a fire safety services provider

All staff should receive fire safety training as part of their induction to the workplace, and should be encouraged to remain vigilant against the threat of fire. Encourage staff, visitors, contractors and students to use common sense when moving around the school buildings. Consider a fire safety campaign to raise awareness of hazards to look out for every day.

At Churches Fire & Security, our extensive work in fire safety has seen us build lasting relationships in the education sector. Our experts can work with you on the best fire evacuation process to suit your particular needs.

Fire safety in school environments must be a high priority for all.

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