Fire safety signs and fire exit signs are crucial for ensuring the safety of individuals in commercial, industrial, and public buildings. These signs provide important information about the location of fire exits, firefighting equipment, and emergency evacuation routes.

Fire safety signage in the UK is governed by various regulations and legislation, including the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Building Regulations 2010, and the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996.

All businesses should carry out a  fire risk assessment to identify potential fire hazards and assess the effectiveness of fire safety measures, including signage.

Here is a general guide to fire safety signs and fire exit signs in the UK from the expert team at Hartson Fire based on the 2021 update to UK regulations.

Types of Fire Safety Signs

Fire Exit Signs: These signs indicate the location of the nearest exit in case of a fire. They typically feature a green running man symbol and an arrow pointing towards the exit. The wording "Fire Exit" may also be included.

Fire Safety Signs: These signs convey important safety information, such as the location of fire extinguishers, fire alarm call points, fire assembly points, and emergency evacuation instructions.

Key Features of Fire Safety Signs and their Placement

Signs should be easily visible, legible, and well-maintained and made of fire-resistant materials. Fire exit signs should be illuminated, and emergency lighting may be required in some cases. Signage should always follow the appropriate British Standard (e.g., BS EN ISO 7010 for safety signs).

Fire exit signs should be placed at key locations, such as stairwells, corridors, and near exits. Signs should be positioned so that they are easily seen by occupants and provide clear guidance on the escape route.

Maintenance and Inspection

Regular maintenance and inspection of fire safety signs are essential to ensure they remain in good condition and are visible at all times for the safety and well-being of building occupants. These signs serve as critical lifelines during emergencies, guiding individuals to safe exits and vital firefighting equipment.

Over time, wear and tear, environmental factors, or accidental damage can compromise the clarity and legibility of these signs, rendering them ineffective when needed most. Routine inspections and maintenance will identify and address issues promptly, such as faded or damaged signs, malfunctioning illumination, or obstruction of sightlines. This proactive approach not only helps prevent confusion and delays during evacuations but also ensures compliance with fire safety regulations, ultimately reducing the risk of injury or loss of life in the event of a fire.

Evacuation Plans

In addition to signage, it's important to have evacuation plans in place that detail escape routes and assembly points. These plans should be communicated to all building occupants.

Importantly, building occupants should be trained on how to respond to fire alarms and how to use fire safety equipment.

Consult with Experts

For specific requirements, it is advisable to consult with fire safety experts, like Hartson Fire, who can provide guidance tailored to your specific building and circumstances.

Remember that fire safety is a critical aspect of building management, and compliance with the latest regulations is essential to protect lives and property. We advise our clients to always stay updated on the latest guidelines and seek professional advice when necessary.

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