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.
You can find detailed guidance in the Fire safety risk assessment guide for educational establishments.
Business fire safety
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].
By law, the owners of all non-domestic buildings must carry out fire risk assessments.
For advice on how to carry out a fire risk assessment, visit GOV.uk.
For fire safety risk assessment guidance, including how to choose a fire risk assessor, visit the National Fire Chiefs Council website.
To help you keep a record, download our fire safety log book.
We enforce fire safety laws in all non-domestic buildings in Lincolnshire.
We address complaints about fire safety. We undertake post-fire investigations if there is evidence of poor fire safety.
Where breaches occur, we provide practical advice or issue formal notices. If we believe there is a serious risk to life, we can prohibit or restrict the use of the building.
To find out more, read our fire service enforcement policy.
By law, the owner or manager for residential accommodation must check the fire safety of materials used on or in their buildings.
If you find flammable cladding, you should consider this in your evacuation plan.
You should check that fire doors within the building perform properly in the event of a fire.
This includes when doors are renewed or replaced, and must include accredited certification.
Fire risk assessments should also assess the smoke control system and prove that the systems are maintained.
Buildings such as high rises are split into each home using fire safe doors, walls, floors and other construction.
Fire risk assessments should address this to help form your evacuation plan.
Grenfell and other fires have shown that 'compartmentation' can be breached externally too.
This should be a consideration in an assessment.