FIRE SAFETY SIGNS
Ensure your premise complies with the requirements for fire safety signs and notices as outlined within the Health and Safety (safety signs and signals) Regulations 1996, and the guidance in the relevant British Standards.
At Fireshield, we stock an extensive range of Health and Fire Safety signs, and can offer a site survey and fitting service; ensuring that your staff, customers and visitors are provided with clear guidance and are able to exit a property quickly and safely in the event of an emergency.
Signs or Notices, where required, must be clear, legible and should be used to ensure staff and visitors know what to do in the event of an emergency, such as:
Actions to be taken in the event of a fire
Identify and locate Fire Fighting or First aid equipment
Identify escape routes and Assembly Points
Mandatory Signs - Safeguards that should be followed
Prohibition Signs - actions that prohibit behaviour likely to increase danger
Warning Signs - Warning of hazards or danger
All signs available in either Self-Adhesive Vinyl, Rigid Plastic or Photoluminescent Plastic
It is a requirement that building occupants know the procedure to adopt in the event of fire and alarm activation. The display of appropriate fire action notices, in clear and precise format, is recommended to support good fire safety management.
A key element of effective evacuation is the detection of fire and manual activation of alarm call points. Legislation requires the responsible person to ensure signage is adequate so building occupants can identify and locate this equipment. Legislation requires that all firefighting equipment is indicated by identification signs.
Legislation requires the responsible person to ensure that the means of escape is effectively located and the route to a place of relative safety is clearly identified. An escape route sign should be positioned at every change of direction, every change of level and at any decision point within the escape route.
Mandatory signs should be used to indicate actions that must be carried out in order to comply with statutory requirements. For example, “fire exit keep clear” signs should be fitted to exterior doors to reduce the risk of fire exits and routes becoming blocked or obstructed; and self-closing fire doors that must be kept closed, should be labelled with “fire door keep shut” signs.
Warning signs should be used to make people aware of a nearby hazard or danger. For example, a flammable liquid store or a laboratory where radioactive substances are in use should have an appropriate warning sign near the entrance. These signs are required by the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 and in specific cases by the Dangerous Substances (Notification and Marking of Sites) Regulations 1990.
Prohibition signs indicate actions likely to increase or cause danger that you must not do. For example, to indicate that smoking is not allowed in the workplace. They should be used to reinforce instructions prohibiting dangerous activities and are required by the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996.
Fire safety signs should be reviewed periodically to ensure they continue to support the fire safety strategy for the premises.
It is important that employers ensure that their employees are aware of and understand the meaning of safety signs by providing suitable and sufficient training where necessary. Although most safety signs are self-explanatory, employees particularly new, young or inexperienced ones, may be unfamiliar with the meaning of some of the less commonly used signs. It is therefore important that the meaning of any sign is clearly explained.