Fire Safety and Emergency Evacuation

Fire Safety and Emergency Evacuation


Policy statement

SKIPS ensures the highest possible standard of fire precautions are in place. The person in charge and our staff are familiar with the current legal requirements. Where necessary we seek the advice of a competent person. We record the findings of risk assessment, any actions taken or incidents that have occurred and our fire drills.



Fire safety risk assessment

§        The basis of fire safety is risk assessment, carried out by a ‘competent person’.

§        The manager received training in fire safety sufficient to be competent to carry out the risk assessment; this will follow the Government guidance Fire Safety Risk Assessment - Educational Premises (HMG 2006).

-          Our fire safety risk assessment focuses on the following for each area of the setting:

-          Electrical plugs, wires and sockets.

-          Electrical items.

-          Gas boilers.

-          Cookers.

-          Matches.

-          Flammable materials – including furniture, furnishings, paper etc.

-          Flammable chemicals .

-          Means of escape.

-          Anything else identified.


Fire safety precautions taken

§        We ensure that fire doors are clearly marked, never obstructed and easily opened from the inside.

§        We ensure that smoke detectors/alarms and fire fighting appliances conform to BS EN standards, are fitted in appropriate high risk areas of the building and are checked as specified by the manufacturer.

§        We have all electrical equipment checked annually by a qualified electrician. Any faulty electrical equipment is taken out of use and either repaired or replaced.

§        We ensure sockets are covered.

§        Our emergency evacuation procedures are approved by the Fire Safety Officer for West Kidlington School and are:

-          clearly displayed in the premises;

-          explained to new members of staff volunteers and parents; and

-          Practised regularly, on a range of different days so all children and staff can experience it.

§         Records are kept of fire drills and of the servicing of fire safety equipment in the health and safety folder.


Emergency evacuation procedure

SKIPS follow West Kidlington School’s evacuation procedure.

§         The bell is rung during practises so the children become familiar with it.

§         Fire exits are clearly marked so all adults know where they are.

§         Children follow the adults to the assembly points via the garden gate or via the fire exit (for breakfast and tea time club)

§         The supervisor will take the register and will ensure all children and adults are accounted for.

§         The fire alarms within the school will trigger a call to the emergency services and the site manager will also call.

§         The supervisor will contact all the parents in the event of an emergency and arrange collection from a safe place. The children’s contact details will be stored in the rear of the registers. The supervisor will collect the phone and registers on exit of the building.


Fire drills

We hold fire drills termly and record the following information about each fire drill:

§         The date and time of the drill.

§         Number of adults and children involved.

§         How long it took to evacuate.

§         Whether there were any problems that delayed evacuation.

§         Any further action taken to improve the drill procedure.


Lock Down Procedure

§         In the event of an emergency when children and staff are required to stay within the building a pulsing alarm will sound.

§         The school is linked by internal phones and these will be used to communicate information about the situation

§         All children, staff and any other adults will be lead inside as quickly as possible.

§         All doors, windows and any other points of exit will be locked.

§         The curtains or blinds will be drawn.

§         Children and adults will get themselves as low on the floor as possible.

§         We will ensure all children are kept calm and quiet and it is explained to them in a developmentally appropriate way. 

§         We will practise this procedure in line with West Kidlington School and parents will be informed after the event.


Legal framework

§         Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005


Further guidance


§         Fire Safety Risk Assessment - Educational Premises(HMG 2006)