Fire Safety Signs are an essential element of fire protection within any organisation. It is a legal requirement under the The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals Regulation 1996 and under the The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 that an organisation provides the relevant fire safety signs required in a workplace.
There are 4 main types of applications to consider within the fire safety signs in the UK:
Fire Action Notices
A fire action notice is required to ensure that anyone working or visiting a building knows what to do if they discover a fire. Fire Action Notices should be placed next to all emergency call points.
It is important that a Fire Action Notice contains relevant information and is normally pre-printed with spaces to fill information in such as:
Fire Exit Routes, Doors, and Assembly Points
Fire Exit Signs – Dependant on the type of building you occupy Fire Exit Signage may be required, In some cases you may need a series of directional signs leading occupants along the shortest route to escape. Fire Exit signs are green exit signs with arrows indicating which way to go.
Fire Doors – All fire exit doors must display the mandatory ‘Fire door, keep shut’ sign. Mandatory Notices simply means that it gives an instruction which must be followed for the building to be safe from fire.
When placing mandatory signage on doors there will be various types to consider such as ‘Fire Exit Keep Clear’ ‘Fire Door Keep Shut’ ‘Automatic Fire Door Keep Clear’
You will also need to consider additional signage that gives information to persons on how to open fire doors. This may include information such as ‘Twist Lock’ ‘Push Bar’ ‘Break Glass’
Assembly Points – When considering where your fire assembly point should be located, you need to make sure that it would be far enough away from the building to avoid interference with the fire brigade and of course to ensure that there would be no danger from falling debris caused by the fire. Your assembly point or points need to be clearly signposted. Remember to ensure that these points can be accessible by all occupants or those identified in your fire risk assessments, including the old or disabled.
Warning and Prohibition Signage
Warning signs are generally yellow with a black border, and are normally (but not always) triangular. These signs should be used to inform persons of dangers. Warning signs such as Flammable Gas, Hot surfaces, Gas, Flammable Liquid, Electrical Hazard can all be signed using warning signage.
Prohibition signage – gives persons and instruction, these signs are normally circular with a white backround and red band. These signs are tell people to follow an instruction such as ‘No Smoking’ ‘No Entry’ ‘No Mobile Phones’
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