Fire Safety In Schools: How To Improve Your Standards With children spending around 13 years in a school environment, you would assume that they would be one of the safest places to be. However, a new study has highlighted that fire safety in schools needs improvement.
With thousands of school fires each year, it’s clear more needs to be done to prevent the disruption of a child’s education.
Zurich Municipal’s Findings Zurich Municipal have called for urgent action to improve food safety in schools. After completing over 1,000 school inspections, Zurich believe building regulations and bulletin standards need to be updated.
Zurich’s two year study found that:
Southern England is the least equipped for fire risk management Scotland (where sprinklers are a legal requirement in schools) has almost 29% of their schools rated ‘excellent’ in regards to their fire risk management England sees only 5% of schools achieve ‘excellent’ in regards to their fire risk management Schools in Scotland, East Midlands, North East and Yorkshire & Humberside achieved the most positive scores for fire risk management
Furthermore, Zurich uncovered the below as the five biggest fire safety failures in schools:
Lack of fixed fire protection Building combustibility and modern construction methods Fire detection Arson Housekeeping and smoking control Fire Safety Risk Assessments in Schools
We have shockingly come across schools where their fire risk assessments are out of date. What’s more, we have also come across schools that actually lack a fire risk assessment!
Fire risk assessments are an integral part to the health & safety of any business, including schools. Fire risk assessments provide an overview of how protected your building, and anyone who comes into contact with your premises, is in the case of a fire.
The consequences of a fire can be devastating. Not only can they result in injury or fatality, they also disrupt the education of pupils’. As a result, it’s vital that you take risk assessments and continuity plans seriously.
Due to the complexity of fire risk assessments they need to be carried out by competent persons. Unlike other companies, we can carry out your fire risk assessments on your behalf. We’re also a
BAFE approved organisation, meaning we are certified to industry fire safety standards. You can read more about our fire safety risk assessments here. Fire Safety Training In Schools
It’s great having an up to date fire risk assessment. However, if your team aren’t suitably trained in fire safety then your risk assessment is redundant. Fire safety training doesn’t just apply to teachers or fire marshals. Your external contractors and pupils need to be briefed in the event of a fire.
We came across a school where a lighting system caught fire whilst only the maintenance team were in the building. As they were appropriately trained, they were able to extinguish the fire. This shows the importance of what the correct training and knowledge can achieve.
Essential Fire Safety Checks Are Dropping
It’s frustrating that essential fire safety checks are becoming less frequent. It’s due to a combination or reasons including lack of resource, time and budgetary constraints. The result? It’s becoming harder to assess, monitor and improve fire safety in schools and organisations. The Fire and Rescue Services can enforce regulations, but unfortunately, they aren’t able to visit every premises to do this. It is therefore your responsibility to ensure the fire safety of your business.
How Can You Improve Your Fire Safety Standards?
With 2018/2019 seeing emergency services attend
576,040 fire and rescue incidents, it’s clear that more needs to be done when it comes to fire safety. It can seem a daunting task at first, but we’re here to help. Our nationwide fire safety team are available around the clock to help improve and introduce high fire safety standards into your school.
Not only can they produce your risk assessments for you, they can also:
The government recommends that company’s use certified third party providers to carry out their fire safety. As mentioned earlier, we’re a BAFE approved organisation meaning we are certified to industry standards.
To start improving the fire safety in you school get in touch with our team today! Call us on 08450 50 40 60 or use the form to the right and we’ll be in touch very soon.