If your community group or organisation has (to any extent) control of premises, part of your responsibility for ensuring that employees, volunteers, committee members and service users have a safe and healthy ‘working’ environment will extend to fire safety and fire safety measures.
Your committee or board members will have a legal responsibility to take steps to prevent fire and to lessen the detrimental effects of a fire on those premises. They will need to carry out both a Health and Safety Risk Assessment and a Fire Risk Assessment.
Your Fire Safety Risk Assessment will help you identify relevant fire safety measures. These will typically include measures which:-
- reduce the likelihood of fire
- reduce the spread of fire
- provide a means of escape
- fight fire
- detect fire and give warning of fire
- arrange for action in the event of fire
You will need to put in place a formal fire evacuation plan, identifying fire exits, routes to them, and a suitable assembly point for people once they have vacated the building.
- make sure that your evacuation plan considers the evacuation of people who are perhaps less mobile or visually impaired. These people should be identified in your Risk Assessment and Fire Safety policy
- test your evacuation procedures with a fire drill; especially for new members/volunteers or staff
- use an attendance signing in book so you can check everyone has left the building safely
- keep exits and routes unobstructed and clearly marked
- consider installing smoke alarms or fire alarms
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