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Fire extinguishers in schools

As a provider of fire safety and protection solutions, ISE Fire understands the critical role that educational establishments play in safeguarding their students and staff. Ensuring the maximum level of fire safety and security in buildings is essential. That's why ISE Fire is proud to offer fire safety and security solutions to nurseries, schools, colleges, and universities across Northants and the Greater Midlands. For detailed information on fire extinguisher requirements in schools, please contact us to arrange a fire risk assessment.

What hazards affect the education sector?

There are a number of unique hazards present in educational establishments which present several fire hazards. Some typical causes of fire in this sector may include:

  • Open flames or cooking oils
  • Exothermic lab solutions
  • Bunsen burner flames
  • Stored paper or other dry materials
  • Electrical fires
  • Heaters

Fortunately, ISE Fire is well positioned and experienced to identify these risks; create appropriate service plans; or to draft suitable fire training plans.

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What are the legal requirements for nurseries, schools, colleges, and universities?

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 is the primary legislation governing fire safety in non-domestic premises, including educational establishments. The order places a duty on the responsible person (usually the owner or employer) to carry out a fire risk assessment, implement appropriate fire safety measures, and provide adequate training to staff and students. There is a field of supporting literature which has helped create the standards for fire safety expected in the UK educational sector, such as the Fire Safety Risk Assessment: Educational Premises guide.

  • Means of Escape: Educational establishments must have clearly marked escape routes, unobstructed fire exits, and emergency lighting systems to help occupants evacuate the building safely in the event of a fire.
  • Fire Detection and Alarm Systems: Educational establishments must have appropriate fire detection and alarm systems in place, including smoke detectors, heat detectors, and manual call points. The systems must be regularly maintained and tested to ensure they are in working order.
  • Fire Suppression Systems: Depending on the size and layout of the building, educational establishments may be required to install fire suppression systems, such as sprinklers or mist systems.
  • Staff Training: All staff members must receive adequate training on fire safety procedures, including how to evacuate the building safely and how to use fire safety equipment, such as fire extinguishers.
  • Fire Safety Signage: Clear and visible fire safety signs must be displayed throughout the building, including exit signs, fire extinguisher signs, and fire assembly point signs.
  • Fire Risk Assessments: Educational establishments must carry out regular fire risk assessments to identify potential hazards and implement appropriate fire safety measures. The risk assessments should be reviewed and updated regularly to ensure they remain effective.
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Services we provide to educational facilities

Fire Risk Assessment

Highly qualified and experienced fire risk assessors will assess fire safety, prevention and protection strategies on your business premises.

Fire Extinguishers

Professional installation, supply, and servicing of fire extinguishers for a wide-range of businesses up to BAFE standards.

Fire Alarms

Professional installation and maintenance of fire alarm systems, including smoke/heat detectors and programmable/addressable fire alarm systems.

Fire Safety Training

Expert fire safety training for the prevention and detection of fires. Includes fire extinguisher training and fire awareness training.

Northants, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and beyond!

We regularly visit areas around the Midlands and have a distribution of ISE Fire locations throughout the region. This makes us the ideal choice for routine servicing, training, and other specific local needs.

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ISE Fire Products & Services Ltd. have been carrying out the annual inspection and servicing of fire fighting equipment at Uppingham School since 2008. I am impressed by the professional and friendly manner in which ISE present themselves.
When ISE started working at the School, in addition to the servicing etc., they compiled a detailed inventory of the School’s fire fighting equipment. With the assistance of ISE [Fire], we have carried out a complete revision and rationalisation of fire fighting equipment across the School’s 70+ buildings.
The engineer carrying out the work, who has remained the same from day one, is very competent and conscientious in his work. Both the engineer and ISE as a company, provide advice and make recommendations but without the “hard sell” techniques experienced with some of the national contractors.
ISE have provided the School with good quality fire safety signage, including customised fire action notices, to our own design, to a very good standard and at very competitive prices.
We have recently started to use ISE to provide fire fighting equipment training to teachers and support staff and this has been very well received being considered both informative and fun! The Trainer in particular has been singled out by teaching staff as being very good.
It is my hope that the excellent relationship built up between ISE and Uppingham over the past 4 years continues to develop and go from strength to strength.

Andy Marr - CMIOSH Health & Safety Manager - Uppingham School

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