Fire Risk Assessments

Having an up-to-date fire risk assessment in place is a legal necessity. They are not just critical to compliance though; they play an essential part in keeping your school, employees, and pupils fire-safe.

There are six stages to every effective risk assessment. These are: appointing responsibility; identifying fire hazards; pinpointing people at risk; evaluating required fire measures; records, emergency plans and training; and regular reviewal.

By outsourcing your school’s fire risk assessments to Citation, our sister company, a highly qualified expert will:

  • Conduct a robust overview of all your fire hazards
  • Outline any risks and explain how they can be controlled
  • Produce a bespoke fire safety report for you to follow
  • Provide you with an overall risk rating
  • Ensure you are meeting your legal obligations

How often should fire risk assessments be reviewed?

Your school’s fire risk assessment should be a living document. It should be reviewed once a year, or after:

  • A recommendation from an enforcing authority or responsible person
  • A serious fire incident
  • There has been a change in working practices, use of premises, occupancy, shift patterns or type or number of people within the building
  • Structural alterations
  • New equipment or activities are introduced
  • There is a change in the neighbouring premises
  • The type or quantity of combustible and flammable materials has changed

What daily fire checks should be made?

Daily fire checks do not normally need to be recorded, however, it is important that they are routinely done. Your daily fire safety checks should cover your escape routes, fire warning systems, escape lighting, and firefighting equipment, with a particular focus on the suitability and condition of your fire doors’ fixtures and fittings.

To give you an idea of what should be inspected, here are a few sample questions:

  • Are fire doors clear of obstructions?
  • Are all fire extinguishers in place and clearly visible?
  • Are whistles, gongs or air horns in place?

How often should fire drills be carried out?

Every school’s fire drill must be unique to their environment, and it should be rehearsed at least once every term.

Fire drills form a fundamental part of your fire risk assessment. They ensure that:

  • Everyone remains calm in the event of an evacuation
  • People with responsibilities carry out their tasks
  • Escape routes remain appropriate
  • Everyone is aware of the fire alarm sound and procedure
  • The evacuation runs smoothly and speedily

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