8.5 Fire safety and emergency evacuation

Policy statement

 We ensure our premises present no risk of fire by ensuring the highest possible standard of fire precautions. The person in charge and our staff are familiar with the current legal requirements. Where necessary we seek the advice of a competent person, such as our Fire Officer or Fire Safety Consultant. A Fire Drill Book is used to record the findings of risk assessment, any actions taken or incidents that have occurred and our fire drills.

Procedures

Fire safety risk assessment

The basis of fire safety is risk assessment, carried out by a ‘competent person’.

The Head of Nursery and the Deputy received training in fire safety sufficient to be competent to carry out the risk assessment; this will be written where there are more than five staff and will follow the Government guidance Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Educational Premises (HMG 2006). (Action Plan 2015)

Our fire safety risk assessment focuses on the following for each area of the setting:

  • Electrical plugs, wires and sockets.
  • Electrical items.
  • Gas boilers.
  • Flammable materials – including furniture, furnishings, paper etc.
  • Flammable chemicals .
  • Means of escape.
  • Anything else identified.

Fire safety precautions taken

We ensure that fire doors are clearly marked, never obstructed and easily opened from the inside.

We ensure that smoke detectors/alarms and fire fighting appliances conform to standards, are fitted in appropriate high risk areas of the building and are checked as specified by the manufacturer.

We ensure sockets are covered.

Our emergency evacuation procedures are approved by the Fire Safety Officer and are:

  • clearly displayed in the premises;
  • explained to new members of staff, volunteers and parents; and
  • practiced regularly, at least once a term.
  • Records are kept of fire drills and of the servicing of fire safety equipment.

Emergency evacuation procedure

It covers procedures for practice drills including:

  • How children are familiar with the sound of the fire alarm.
  • How the children, staff and parents know where the fire exits are.
  • How children are led from the building to the assembly point.
  • How children will be accounted for and who by.
  • How long it takes to get the children out safely.
  • Who calls the emergency services, and when, in the event of a real fire.
  • How parents are contacted.

Fire drills

We hold fire drills termly and record the following information about each fire drill in the Fire Drill Book:

  • The date and time of the drill.
  • Number of adults and children involved.
  • How long it took to evacuate.
  • Whether there were any problems that delayed evacuation.
  • Any further action taken to improve the drill procedure.

Legal framework

  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Further guidance

  • Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Educational Premises (HMG 2006)