BUCKHOLME TOWERS SCHOOL Fire SAFETY POLICY

NB Fire Risk Assessments are held in paper copy in the School Office

1. The Headmaster, as School Fire Officer, ensures compliance with the Regulatory Reform (Fire safety) Order 2005. He ensures that all staff are confident in the application of the fire procedures in all the areas they work and they must familiarise themselves with the location and use of fire alarms and equipment. The aim of the fire procedures are to ensure that safety of pupils, staff and anyone else legally on the school premises.

2. Fire Audit.

A fire audit of the School is regularly carried out by the Community Safety Adviser of the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and the School complies with all his requirements.

3. Fire Risk Assessments.

The Headmaster (the School Fire Officer) compiles fire risk assessments for each of the main buildings and ensures they are reviewed annually.

4. Fire Drills.

Fire drills are carried out termly.

Records of these drills are kept in the school office and the HeadmastereadHead follows up any action points. Training or “walk-through” drills are held when appropriate, e.g. at the start of the Michaelmas term when there are new pupils, and in Nursery so the youngest children can cope with an actual drill; these are additional drills and further drills are always held soon after.

5. Fire Equipment.

Equipment is checked regularly and records kept as follows:

a. Fire Alarm System Internal Daily check of fire panels

Weekly check of call points, detectors, door releases in rotation

External Quarterly checks and an annual service by a qualified person.

b. Emergency Lighting

Internal Monthly 10 minute test

 Six monthly 1 hour test

External Annual 3 hour test & service by a qualified person.

c. Fire Extinguishers and Portable Fire Equipment

 Internal Monthly visually check

 External Annual service by a qualified person.

6. Fire Notices and Signs.

All areas must have a fire drill notice which details evacuation procedures and the assembly point. Adequate signage regarding routes, exits and equipment which complies with current regulations shall be in place.

7. Fire Training.

New staff are instructed during their induction programme. The Headmaster reminds staff at the INSET meeting at the start of each term that they must be confident about all aspects of fire procedures and should refer to the policy again if necessary. A training session on the use of fire extinguishers is held at the start of the Michaelmas term.

8. Basic Fire Safety Rules.

  • Combustible materials such as cardboard boxes and packaging materials must not be kept around the school unless they are clearly required (eg for making scenery for drama or for art and craft purposes). When such materials are not in use they should be disposed of or kept in a designated storage area.
  • Corridors, stairways, entrances and exits will be kept clear for use by all people including those with special needs, and in particular kept free from combustible materials. Rubbish should not be allowed to collect in hidden areas. Fire exits must be kept clear.
  • Classroom displays, Christmas decorations and work displayed in corridors should be set up with care. Decorations can be a risk if they are hung near a heat source or light fitting.
  • Understairs areas and cupboards must not contain combustible materials.
  • Boiler rooms must always be kept clean, clear and locked.
  • All electric equipment must be maintained in a safe condition. Plugs should not be overloaded.

IN EVENT OF EMERGENCY

STANDING ORDERS FOR FIRE

9. Priorities. The evacuation of people always comes first. An effective fire drill consists of:

 (i) An orderly evacuation of the building,

 (ii) An efficient check at the assembly point to account for everyone.

10. Fire Alarm.

The fire alarm is a loud electronically generated warble. It is distinctive and cannot be confused with the lesson bells.

11. Action on Discovering a Fire.

If a pupil discovers a fire, they should raise the alarm immediately by informing the nearest member of staff. The nearest fire-alarm glass front should be struck with a hard object to sound the alarm.

ACTION ON HEARING THE ALARM: DAY, 8.15 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

12. Action by Children.

In SILENCE children will evacuate the building by the nearest exit walking briskly but not running. They assemble on the playground facing the fence to the south west in classes. They remain silent and listen carefully to the instructions of staff. Children will not leave the area until told to do so.

13. Action by Staff in Charge of Children When the Alarm Sounds

  • Tell the children to be silent and listen to your instructions.
  • Check that the route out of the room is not impeded by obstacles, e.g. bags on the floor, placing them on desks if necessary.
  • State clearly the route to the nearest exit and tell the children to assemble in their classes on the playground, leaving their belongings behind in the room.
  • Accompany the children to the playground, leaving the room last and closing the door. Ensure the children walk briskly without running and that they remain silent.
  • If a route is blocked, give clear instructions on the best alternative.
  • On arrival at the playground, collect the register of the class they are teaching from the Secretary.
  • Carefully check the class and report the result to the Fire Officer or his/her deputy.
  • Ensure the children remain silently lined up until the check has been completed.

14. Action by the School Office Administrator.

  • Collect the Registers and the Signing Out Book and walk briskly to the playground.
  • Meet the Headmaster and pass him any registers he requests.
  • Hand out the registers to the teachers who are in charge of classes at the time.
  • It is the duty of the School Office Administrator to check each day that registers are returned promptly in both the morning and afternoon. The Office Administrator must locate any that are missing, and alert the Headmaster or Deputy if the system for registers is not operating satisfactorily.
  • When everyone is accounted for, the drill is complete and only then does the
  • Headmaster (or Deputy) instruct that the alarm is to be switched off (assuming it to be a planned drill or it is established that there is no fire).
  • The Office Administrator takes notes of timings and action points, and includes them in the Fire Drill Record which is recorded promptly.

16. Action by Other Staff

Check that your work area is safe and all machinery is switched off. Leave the room in silence leaving all belongings behind. If you are last out, close the door.

Walk briskly via the nearest exit (using the best alternative if the first route is blocked) and assemble in the playground.

Check that you are all accounted for, and report to the Fire Officer.

17. As Detailed by the Headmaster.

 a. Ensure that the alarm has been raised in all buildings likely to be affected by a fire.

 b. Call the fire brigade if necessary (Dial 999).

 c. Organise a search for any absentees.

 d. Locate the fire and put it out if possible and safe to do so. But do not enter the building if it is unsafe.

 e. Turn off gas and electricity at the mains. The whereabouts of all mains taps and switches must be known in advance.

Reviewed: September 2016