Fire safety checks - Escape routes

Fire safety checks – Escape routes

Fire safety checks – Escape routes

Workplace fire safety checks – Escape routes

Fire safety checks – Escape routes must be checked on a regular basis, so that they will safe and ready to use. This short guide will help managers and also those who check escape routes.

Escape route checklist:

Storage in corridors
  • Are staff instructed not to place combustible storage or other articles in corridors which have escape in one direction only?
  • Are staff instructed not to place any storage or other articles in corridors which have escape in one way, where this would reduce the corridor to less than 1000 mm?
Long corridors
  • Long corridors. Are they subdivided into equal parts by doors that can stop the passage of smoke?
Means of escape
  • Is  more than one direction of escape from every floor level or large occupied areas of the premises?
  • Where there is one direction of escape.  Is that escape route protected with fire resisting construction, fire doors and also smoke alarms?
  • Where there is more than one direction of escape.  Are the escape routes separated from each other by fire resisting construction and also / or fire doors?
  • Do all the escape routes lead to a place of safety at least 50 metres away from the building? In the event that this is not possible not closer than 18 metres from the building?
  • Where disabled people use wheelchairs, are the corridors on the route designed in accordance with Building Regulations?
  • Do all escape routes for the premises lead, as direct as possible, to a place of safety?
  • Where escape routes are provided for the escape of up to 40 persons per minute, are associated doorway openings not less than 750 mm, and not less than 1000 mm where is provided for more than 40  but less than 80 persons per minute?
  • Are escape routes widths provided for more than 80 persons per minute calculated on the basis of 1000 mm plus 75 mm for every 15 persons over 80?
  • Do routine housekeeping measures ensure that there are no obstructions on the escape route internally or externally?
Stair enclosures
  • Are staff instructed not to place combustible storage or other articles in staircase enclosures?
  • Where an escape route from an inner room passes through an access room, is an early warning of fire provided by means of vision panel or also smoke detection?

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