Fire Safety Signs
Fire safety signs are an essential part of any building's safety measures. They are designed to provide clear and concise information to occupants in case of a fire. These signs provide critical guidance on emergency escape routes and exits, as well as the location of firefighting equipment. In many cases, fire safety signs are required by law and must meet specific standards to ensure their effectiveness. They can be placed in strategic locations throughout the building, including near stairwells, elevators, and exit doors.
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Fire safety signs are a legal requirement for businesses under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The order requires that all commercial buildings have fire safety signs that conform to British Standards, including BS 5499 and BS EN ISO 7010. The signs must be clearly visible and indicate emergency escape routes, the location of fire-fighting equipment, and potential hazards.
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Common Fire Safety Signs
Fire Exit Signs
A fire exit is a specific route that people should use to leave a building in the event of a fire.
All exits, including emergency exits and exits not in normal use, should be clearly indicated and give a sense of security in the event of an emergency.
Fire exit signs must be displayed directly above an exit opening. When this is not possible, a position must be chosen that is clearly visible and least likely to be obstructed or obscured by smoke.
Fire exit signs that include a directional arrow must be used at suitable points along an escape route.
In multiple-occupant buildings, it is normally the owner who has responsibility for displaying fire signs in common areas, such as stairways.
Fire Extinguisher Identification Signs
The Fire Precaution and Health and Safety at Work Regulations and Legislation recommend that all fire extinguishers are clearly marked and easily accessible at all times. Clear fire extinguisher signage guarantees that you are compliant.
All employees should be trained to be able to identify the contents of extinguishers and the type of fires they are appropriate for.
Clear fire extinguisher signage can help staff to use the correct extinguisher in the event of a fire.
Fire extinguisher signage can also provide information on the maintenance and testing requirements of the extinguishers, which must be carried out regularly to ensure they are in good working order.
Fire Fighting Equipment Location Signs
These fire equipment signs inform staff of the location of fire-fighting equipment.
These signs will also help Fire Service staff should they need to enter the building and fight a larger fire.
Fire safety signs, used in the most appropriate locations, can contribute to an effective fire safety management policy.
Hazard Warning and Information Signs
Sited in the correct positions, these hazard warning and information signs can help employers create a safer working environment, by clearly highlighting:
- Potential fire risks
- Restricted areas
- Forbidden and restricted activities
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Your Fire Safety Sign Questions Answered
Fire safety signs are an essential part of any building's safety measures. They provide critical guidance on emergency escape routes, the location of fire-fighting equipment, and potential hazards that may pose a risk to occupants.
We understand that business owners may have questions about fire safety signs, such as which signs are required by law. That's why we've put together this short FAQ to provide some answers to your most common questions about fire safety signs.
It is a legal requirement, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, that all occupants of a building must be informed of fire safety instructions, and a good solution to this is fitting fire action signs within it.
There are 5 categories of fire signage:
- Prohibition signs
- Warning signs
- Mandatory signage
- Emergency exit signs/escape routes (directional arrows)
- Fire equipment signs
BS 5499 covers all safety warning sign, including fire safety signs and is compatible with the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996.