The Fire safety order of 2005 said that any business, charity or voluntary organisation in the North West and throughout the rest of the UK must equip themselves with suitable fire safety measures and accredited fire safety equipment. As a result, it has become mandatory for appropriate signage to be provided informing people of the exact location of firefighting equipment and emergency escape routes. The Fire safety order also highlights the fact that individuals must know how to use the equipment with appropriate fire safety training. This is vital when in a fire situation as many people panic and will not know which way to turn.
Fire safety signs are there to help people in this emergency situation when emotions can be running high. Here are a few things to consider when it comes to your fire safety signs;
Fire safety signs needs to stand out
Ensure that you place your fire safety signs within the normal field of vision and not in a position where they would need to seek it out. For example, you should always aim to place fire safety signage around 5 1/2 feet high, and at the bottom of staircases, at the end of corridors or by door entrances and exits.
Fire safety signs need to be easily understood
It’s also important to ensure that the size of the fire safety sign and the text is easy to view. If the fire safety sign is at the bottom of the corridor, it should read “Fire Exit this Way” from as far as the corner of the sign will allow it. This means that as people hurry past the sign they can still read it.
Get professional opinions
A business might want help from an accredited fire consultancy to assist with the understanding and undertaking of fire safety laws in the workplace. You might want to consult your local fire authority for this, who will be able to help you with technical instructions, including the type of signage that your premises may require.
At Total Fire Services. we are a professional company that will help you with all of your fire safety needs. With our experience and knowledge, we can help you to conduct thorough and reliable fire risk assessments in the workplace and to purchase professional fire equipment. We can also provide fire safety training, which is crucial to reinforcing health and safety within the workplace. We are happy to provide our services across Greater Manchester including the areas of Bolton, Rochdale, Wigan and Stockport.
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