Following up on all of the recent enquiries we’ve had from schools, that want to discuss access control, cctv security and fire alarms and detection systems in particular, we felt compelled to publish this blog article that may help to inform, regarding fire safety in schools and school buildings.
Of course, and as you would expect, it is necessary that all students, staff and welcome visitors are safe when attending and on a schools’s premises. A school, as a public utility building with a large number of students, must absolutely comply with many strict requirements in the field of fire safety and fire protection.
First and foremost, the conditions for organising an evacuation at school should be specified, in detail, in fire safety instructions, that should be explained and made visible to all those that are on or are visiting the school premises. All schools are legally required to have a fire safety plan called a Fire Safety Risk Assessment (FSRA) and regular fire drills to specifically ensure that students and staff have a clear understanding of their school evacuation procedures.
School Fire Safety Systems & the Duties of a Fire Warden
All schools should have a fire warden, who must:
- arrange fire drills to practice all the fire safety procedures in place
- appoint fire marshals to help orchestrate the plan
- prepare a school evacuation plan
- check that fire doors are in working order and are kept closed
- check that fire alarms are in working order and clearly visible
- ensure that emergency lighting is functional
- ensure that fire extinguishing is visible and regularly checked or serviced
When a fire breaks out, fire wardens have the following duties to proceed:
- make an alert
- make sure that any vulnerable persons are evacuated
- make sure every person has left the building/s
- use fire fighting equipment, such as extinguishers, if it is safe to do so
- support with roll calls. Is every person accounted for?
- communicate with emergency services
- close all fire doors to stop the fire from spreading
These are simple, but crucial, practical reminders, not only to those with fire warden responsibilities for a school, but also sensible advice to anyone who bears any responsibility for any building, property or premises.
Fire Alarm Systems for Schools
Family owned and operated, and in business for over 40 years, RJ Wilson Fire & Security, of Spalding, are one of the East of England’s leading specialist providers of integrated security and fire alarm systems. Not only do we design and install security systems and BAFE compliant fire alarm systems for schools, we install commercial systems for clients in all industry sectors, usually across Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, but also nationally for multi-site businesses.
If you would like to discuss your particular requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch, either by phone, email or using our contact form. You can also book a no obligation chat here on our website too.