A study of over 26,000 schools across England* showed that schools are also three times more likely to be a ‘high risk’ fire category when compared to other commercial properties. Despite this, two-thirds of schools inspected by Zurich lack adequate fixed fire-protection measures, while 24% rated 'poor' for fire detection.
With this in mind, as well as now having stricter measurements in place due to keeping your school safe during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we wanted to make sure that you were aware of the importance of having an up to date fire risk assessment and protection measures in place. Below are some of the steps that you can take to ensure your school is resilient to the risk of fire.
It is crucial to review your fire-risk assessment regularly and make changes where necessary.
Make sure that the fire risk assessment has been reviewed, updated and communicated on a signed receipt basis to all relevant people as areas such as building layouts and emergency evacuation procedures may have changed. Fire risk assessments should be completed by a competent person with sufficient training and experience.
To find out more about how we could assist you in making sure your schools buildings and contents are adequately protected from risks such as fires, floods and more, visit our specialist schools cover webpage, call Jo Taylor on 01438 735287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jo Taylor is an respected insurance industry leader with over 15 years’ experience working with both education and the public sector. She is responsible for supporting her clients on all things insurance and risk related, and is also a mental health first aider qualified through Mental Health First Aid England.
Date: October 21, 2020
Category: Care and Medical