In anticipation of the need to plan for the reopening of educational establishments, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to provide advice to ensure that our communities remain safe.
Throughout the past year, education premises have seen their doors temporarily close, or open only to limited numbers of key workers and vulnerable children.
Teachers, support staff and children alike have had to adapt and show great versatility in the way they teach and receive education. We recognise the challenging time this has been and would like to provide praise for all their efforts.
As we move forward, we would like to set out a list that the Responsible Person (the person having control of the building, or a degree of control) should ensure is in place within and around the premises to keep people safe and remain compliant with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
- Review your fire risk assessment to ensure that it is current, and arrange for amendments to be made if anything has changed recently.
- Ensure your weekly fire alarm test procedure is completed and your fire alarm system has an up-to-date service history.
- Ensure that any emergency lighting is tested.
- Consider a fire door survey – this will check that all the engineered safety features on your fire doors, which should not be propped open, are intact.
- One-way systems – do any COVID-19 measures satisfactorily take account of travel distances for emergency exits?
- Temporary staff – are all staff members fully aware of fire safety measures, including evacuations, drills, and fire assembly points?
- Firefighting equipment – any extinguishers should have an monthly visual check for condition and pressure and an annual technician service.
- Commercial kitchen – is your kitchen ready for the higher demand in usage? Systems such as extraction ducting, ventilation and gas and electric should all be maintained, serviceable and fit for purpose.
- Does your fire assembly point consider social distancing measures?
- Road safety – are staff, parents and children aware of the likelihood of increased traffic conditions over the coming weeks? Be extra vigilant on the roads as life returns to some form of normality.
- Arson prevention – the educational grounds should be secure and only accessible by authorised people. Correct measures should be in place for waste disposal, where this is removed on a frequent basis.
Throughout the recent changes the nation has encountered, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service remains dedicated in making Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes the safest places in England to live, work and travel.
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Note: The picture was taken before COVID-19 restrictions were implemented