School fire safety
As you start the phased reopening you should be aware that measures that you introduce to comply with Covid-19 procedures may have an impact on your fire safety provisions.
At the very least you should review your fire safety risk assessment to ensure that it is current and reflects the way your school now operates.
It is essential that assessments are undertaken and reviewed where there are significant changes in ways of working, processes or building layout.
This may include the holding open of fire doors with unsuitable devices, which is not permitted.
Where staff and pupil numbers have changed you should give appropriate training to staff and conduct a fire drill to test your emergency measures.
Further information to assist with reviewing your risk assessment is available in the Schools risk assessment and detailed guidance can be found in the Fire safety risk assessment guide for educational establishments.
Home fire safety
With people spending more time in the home, we have attended a number of house fires relating to cooking, smoking and faulty electrical goods.
It’s important to consider our home safety tips to help keep you and your family safe during this period.
Business fire safety
Some businesses are propping open fire doors to minimise contact between staff and door handles.
We do not recommend propping doors open and advise Businesses to follow public health advice around regularly washing your hands for around 20 seconds or more to minimise the spread of Coronavirus.
Many businesses may be closed or operating with reduced staff numbers, it’s important to still consider the appropriate fire safety measures including the following:
- fire safety systems within your premises still need to be maintained. Review your Fire Safety Risk Assessment as circumstances change and implement any necessary control measures
- how to maintain Emergency Plans if your staff numbers are reduced
- ensure that all openings are secured when closing down the building and bins cannot be easily accessed
- download our checklist highlighting the minimum actions that you should be taking
If you have concerns about Fire Safety in the workplace please e-mail: [email protected].