Door 84 understands the importance of vigilance to fire safety hazards.
The Centre has an up to date fire certificate and notices explaining the fire procedures are positioned next to every fire exit. All Staff, Volunteers and Young People and Community Members including new group users to the building are to be made aware of the fire safety procedures set out in this policy on their first visit/Induction Session.
All staff should be aware of the location of all fire exits, the fire assembly point and where fire safety equipment is stored. A colour coded map is clearly displayed at the entrance of the building by the fire alarm panel system at all times.
Young People and Participants including attending classes/groups at Door 84 are to be made aware of the fire safety procedures during their settling in period and on regular occasion from then on. All participants will be made aware of the location of fire exits and the fire assembly point.
Fire doors and fire exits are clearly marked, are not obstructed at any times, and are easily opened from the inside.
Fire exits are never locked when the building is in use. Fire extinguishers and fire alarm systems are regularly tested in accordance with manufacturer’s guidance.
The Office Administrator will be responsible for arranging fire drills and tests. Fire drills will take place periodically and staff will be informed of when these will occur.
All fire drills, alarm tests, fire incidents and equipment checks will be recorded in the ‘Fire Records’ section of Papertrail
The Centre will take all steps possible to prevent fires occurring. As such, the Manager and the staff team are responsible for:
- Ensuring that power points are not overloaded with adaptors.
- Ensuring the No Smoking Policy is clearly displayed: The whole site is a non- smoking area. Smoking is permitted by the Guardhouse where the cigarette bin is provided.
- Checking for frayed or trailing wires.
- Checking that fuses are replaced safely.
- Switching off all equipment before leaving the premises.
- Storing any potentially flammable materials safely.
In the event of a fire
Anyone can raise the alarm from any call point immediately and the emergency services will be called at the earliest possible opportunity.
Everyone will immediately be escorted out of the building and to the assembly point using the nearest marked exit. No attempt will be made to collect personal belongings, or to re-enter the building after evacuation.
The entire premises will be checked by the Manager on duty and the register will be collected, providing that this does not put anyone at risk. On exiting the building, a member of Staff will close all accessible doors to prevent the spread of fire.
The register will be taken and all Young People and staff accounted for. If any person is missing from the register, the emergency services will be informed immediately.
If a group is using the building, the group leader of that group is responsibly for bringing their register and accounting for their attendees and group leaders. If any person is missing from the register, the emergency services will be informed immediately.