Statement of Intent
We believe that children’s safety is of paramount importance. We ensure that our premises present no risk of fire by ensuring the highest possible standard of fire precautions. Staff are familiar with the current legal requirements. We have compiled a detailed Fire Risk Assessment.
- We have a fire safety risk assessment.
- We have a Fire/Evacuation floor plan
- Fire doors are clearly marked, never obstructed and easily opened from the inside
- Smoke detectors/alarms and fire fighting appliances conform to BSEN standards, and are electronically linked.
- Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms are tested monthly
- Fire evacuation drill is carried out monthly so that all children and staff have participated in the drill.
- Fire drill records are kept and reviewed, including if there were any problems and how these will be resolved.
Emergency Evacuation Procedure:
- Children, staff and parents are introduced to the emergency exits through regular fire drills
- Children are introduced to the sound of the fire alarm.
- Discovering a fire-Do not attempt to put it out. Raise the alarm by shouting STOP, FIRE, FIRE using
- On hearing the fire alarm or ‘Fire, Fire, Fire’ warning-evacuate the building as quickly and quietly as possible, so as not to upset any children-taking into consideration all those children who may need extra support.
- In case of an emergency, the Manager/Deputy inside the building will call all children in the to line up immediately, count heads and lead them through the nearest emergency exit to the assembly point across the road, taking the register (which includes details of visitors). Any children in the toilets must be called back immediately, if it is safe to do so, and led to the assembly point with the other children.
- If there are any children in the outdoor play area, a second member of staff will call all these children to line up immediately, count heads and lead them to the assembly point.
- The Manager/Deputy will take the register to ensure that all children are accounted for and check that all staff and visitors are also accounted for.
- Under no circumstances should anyone return to a burning or dangerous building to search for anyone unaccounted for. The emergency services should be informed immediately if they need to search for anyone.
- If it is a drill or false alarm then the building can be re-entered if deemed safe by either the managing staff or the fire rescue team and logs will be completed.
- In the event of a real fire, the Manager/Deputy should call the emergency services, while the register is being taken. The priority is to evacuate everyone safely and to keep children calm.
- In the event of a real emergency and the building is deemed unfit to be re-entered then each child’s parents or emergency contacts will be contacted and asked to collect the child ASAP
- At all times, staff will follow the advice of the emergency services.
Fire Drill/Evacuation record:
The fire drill record book contains the following:
- Date and time of the drill
- How long it took
- Whether there were any problems that delayed evacuation
- Any further action taken to improve the drill procedure
- Children and staff present
- Signed and dated.