- Fire safety legislation requires the establishment of procedures for serious and imminent danger and the provision and maintenance of suitable means of escape.
- Employers must ensure staff are aware of the fire evacuation procedures, including location of fire exits and assembly points. Carry out fire drills and exercises.
- Those who may require additional support and assistance when evacuating should be identified and specific plans developed for them.
- Fire exits and emergency routes must be properly marked with signs and, where necessary, adequate emergency escape lighting.
- It is the duty of the responsible person/duty holder/appropriate person to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of escape routes to enable occupiers to reach a place of reasonable or total safety. Each employee should be aware of the action to take in the event of fire and the recommended evacuation policies.
- Assembly points outside the building should be indicated clearly. These points should have been selected in consultation with the fire authority and routes to them signposted with appropriate notices.
- Systems for providing relevant information to the fire and rescue services should be developed.
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