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There are a variety of buildings that can be classed as ‘educational premises’, such as schools, colleges and universities. Each of these typically has a high number of people within, many of which could be considered “at risk”, which means careful steps need to be taken to ensure a safe environment.
Fire management and prevention
In order to effectively manage fire safety, it’s first essential to identify potential hazards and risks within educational premises. For an outbreak of fire to occur there are three things needed; an ignition point, fuel and oxygen.
Ignition points can encompass many different things, especially in educational premises, these include faulty electricals, kitchens, laboratory equipment (bunsen burners, chemicals etc.) and heating sources. Many educational premises are large buildings and each needs to be identified and logged.
There are various items that can be considered fuel, many of which are commonly found in educational buildings; paper, books, flammable liquids, textiles and flammable chemicals are just a few that are often stored in large quantities. When stored near a potential ignition point this can be extremely hazardous.
The final thing required for a fire, oxygen, is everywhere in the air all around us. Of course, this is unavoidable, however, there are a few sources that can increase the oxygen supply to a fire, most commonly ventilation systems. Also, some chemicals commonly found in educational premises are oxidising and can feed additional oxygen to a fire.
An educational facility, such as a school, will typically have a number of people who are “at risk” should a fire break out. Students and staff with disabilities and children, for example, may have trouble evacuating should the need arise. A plan must be put in place to ensure that everyone within a building is able to evacuate safely in the event of a fire.
At Walker Fire, we provide exceptional services and products to ensure that your educational buildings are as safe as possible from a fire breaking out. We can also ensure that your staff know exactly what to do in the event of a fire breaking out through our comprehensive training courses.
The key things to know about fire safety in educational premises are:
- Educational buildings typically contain a high number of ignition, fuel and oxygen.
- Educational premises also tend to have a high number of “at risk” people.
- Educational buildings are often large and require a thorough assessment.
- Walker Fire can help to ensure buildings are safe through our quality services, products and training.
Why choose us?
There are many reasons to choose Walker Fire and our quality first approach to fire safety. We’re passionate about what we do and strive for nothing short of excellence for our clients
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