Fire Safety Signs

Fire safety signs are designed to warn staff and visitors of any fire hazards, to provide an instruction or to give safety information.

Are your ISO Symbols Correct?

Safety signs are essential for preventing accidents and injury.

Symbols that are internationally agreed and globally used in safety signs ensure clarity and consistency, regardless of language, culture or setting.

The ISO standard that is a reference for safety signs is constantly being updated to incorporate new safety symbols to meet the needs of the modern day world.

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Don't Ignore The Signs

Safety signs play an extremely important role in fire safety where they are used to signpost fire equipment and emergency exit routes and provide vital information and warnings.  Fire safety signs are standardised using different colours and shapes so they can be instantly recognised and interpreted in the event of a fire so ensuring your fire safety signs are compliant is paramount.

Fire safety signs generally fall into four categories:

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A Fire Action Notice

This provides information on what to do in case of a fire and is mandatory on all commercial premises. Ideally, an action notice should be displayed at every Fire Alarm call-point and final exit door.

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Fire Exit Routes, Doors and Assembly Points

These signs provide guidance to help people escape in the event of a fire and are mandatory for most properties other than very small premises, which may be exempt.  Signs installed before 2013 may not adhere to current standards,

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Fire Equipment Signs

Fire equipment must be easy to access and labelled appropriately, for example, fire extinguishers should have an ID sign while fire alarms need a call-point sign.

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Warning and Prohibition Safety Signs

These can be used to signpost any additional and specific risks such as ’no smoking’ signs. Warning signs are generally yellow while mandatory instruction signs are blue with white writing and prohibition signs are red and white.

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Safety Signage Self Audit Tool

Most organisations are based at sites that have various working zones and typically these can include offices, shared areas, manufacturing, distribution, yards and parking. Each of these areas will have it’s own unique safety issues and safety signage requirements.

This Audit tool has been designed to help you take a walk around your premises and identify any safety signage that requires updating or may be missing.

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Fire Prevention Tips

Minimising the amount of flammable materials, this includes the accumulation of paper clutter, packaging materials and batteries.

Keeping all hazardous chemicals in a fire safe cabinet,by doing this you will reduce the risk of a fire ignitingbut also stop the spread of fires started by another source.

Do simple things like turning off all used outlets on an evening and don't allow circuits to be overloaded. Also carry out inspections to make sure electrical cords are not damaged as broken wires can lead to a fire.

Keep areas in front of electrical panels, around water heaters, furnaces, air compressors and any other machinery and all walkways clear and available for access.

Check all fire alarms on a monthly basis to make sure they are functioning correctly,also include the systems that monitor the building. We recommend to alert all employees to give them enough time to evacuate.

Make sure you have all the fire equipment you require and that any extinguishers are functioning in the workplace at all times and are inspected monthly.

It is also a legal requirement to plan how you will protect people in the event of a fire.

A fire emergency plan must include:

FIRE PREVENTION POLICIES
ESCAPE ROUTE TRAINING FOR EMPLOYEES
EVACUATION PROTOCOLS
EMERGENCY DOORS THAT OPEN EASILY
A CLEAR PASSAGEWAY TO ESCAPE ROUTES
EMERGENCY LIGHTING WHERE NECESSARY
SHORT, DIRECT AND CLEARLY MARKED EXITS
A SAFE MEETING POINT FOR STAFF
SUFFICIENT EXITS AND ROUTES
EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS

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