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Means of escape

Means of escape

Check that everyone can get out quickly and safely in the event of a fire

This is already specifically required in most cases by existing law so it is highly unlikely you will need to change current arrangements.

Emergency routes and exits should:

  • lead as directly as possible to the open air away from the premises
  • be adequate for the type of premises and the people likely to be in it
  • be able to be quickly and safely used in the event of a power failure

Example - in the event of a power failure, would there be enough light (e.g. from outside) for people to escape safely? If not, would a torch perhaps meet the need? Do you require emergency lighting?

If there is a risk that people will not know where to go, you will need the familiar green fire exit and/or directional signs.

While the premises are in use, doors on escape routes should not be locked or fastened so that they can't easily and immediately be opened from the inside. Where the risks require it, emergency doors must open outwards.

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