How can you improve the safety of your school?
The best way to make sure that your school is safe is to regularly check all safety equipment, fire exits, and do risk assessments, so that any changes can be documented, and plans or equipment can be changed accordingly. This also goes for all electrical points: it is important to get all plugs, wires, appliances, lighting fixtures, etc, checked so that any potential fire hazards can be spotted and rectified immediately.
Is a fire alarm a good system for schools?
A network of fire alarms is the best system for notifying staff and students of a potential fire. This is because they can work in tandem with each other to alert any number of people that they need to leave the building immediately, and drills can be scheduled so that staff and students can learn fire routes by memory so that nothing is left to chance. However, fire alarms on their own are not enough. It is important that rooms are fully equipped with fire safety signage and equipment, so that there is always visual confirmation of a fire safety plan, and small fires can be taken care of.
Why is fire safety important for schools?
Simply put, fire safety is important for schools because staff have been trusted with the lives of potentially thousands of children by their parents. Furthermore, fire safety is a must in any building, especially one where people work or spend a lot of time. Moreover, fire safety measures are required by law. According to The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, fire safety measures are indeed required in every public building, but there is specific guidance for educational premises, which can be found on the Government website.
How often should a school hold fire drills?
It is up to the school to decide how often a fire drill should be, but it is recommended that fire drills be carried out at least once a term, in order to test equipment and make all staff and students aware of fire safety plans and escape routes. It is important to do regular fire drills so that any changes needed can be made, and any faulty equipment can be repaired or replaced.