Here you will find information about how to keep schools, and the people who attend and work at schools, safe from fire.
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A fire routine should be based on a critical sequence of events, these being:
Anyone discovering an outbreak of fire must, without hesitation, sound the alarm by operating the nearest fire alarm call point.
Calling the fire and rescue service
All outbreaks of fire, whether suspected or small, should be reported immediately by the quickest means available. This could be designated as the responsibility of the school secretary, as a telephone is available at that location.
On hearing the alarm, pupils must be instructed to leave the building in a calm, orderly manner in single file.
Teachers must indicate the exit route to be used, and everyone must be directed to the assembly point. For pupils with physical or mental disabilities, specific arrangements must be made to ensure they are assisted.
On staircases, everyone must descend in single file, overtaking of classes/individuals must not be permitted. Running and using lifts should also not be permitted.
Anyone not in class when the fire alarm sounds must go immediately to the assembly point and no-one must be allowed to re-enter until told to do so by the fire service in attendance, or in the case of a drill, the senior person in charge.
The assembly point must be outside of school premises, clearly marked and easily identified by any person expected to be in the school. It should be far enough away to afford protection from heat and smoke, and in a position that does not put pupils or staff at risk by emergency vehicles responding.
One person should be nominated to have overall responsibility in the event of an evacuation, ensuring a roll call is conducted immediately after classes have assembled to ascertain that no-one remains in the premises – including any visitors/contractors.
Attendance registers and visitors books should be held at a central point and brought to the assembly point when the alarm sounds.
The count at the assembly must be checked with the attendance registers and visitor book to verify everyone is out of the building, and each teacher must report to the nominated person in charge of evacuation to verify everyone is accounted for, or to inform them of missing people.
Meeting the service
The responsible person for roll call must identify themselves to the fire service upon arrival. In doing so, vital information can be related to the fire officer.
Typical information the fire service will want to know:
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