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Doing 'The Sums' For School Fire Safety Risk Assessments

Date: 28 September 2021
Recently, a Responsible Person at a school contacted Blake's in regards to a Fire Risk Assessment. Officials asked them to confirm they'd done their 5 year fire survey...
Cue panic stations!!!
The RP was wondering if Blake's could help...
Find out how to subtract the worry, add knowledge and achieve school fire safety success!

So many questions!

Such an email from officials can lead to a flurry of urgent thoughts:

  • What survey?
  • Is it different from the general risk assessment?
  • How often are they needed?
  • Who should do them?
  • What documents do we need?
  • Where should we file them?
  • Will the caretaker know?
  • Why are they asking me?!

Every Responsible Person in a school or business carries a heavy load. There are vital laws and regulations to be aware of and harsh penalties for falling short in your duty of care. Penalties you are personally liable for. That, plus your day to day tasks...

Being the RP + day job = STRESS!

Lesson 1 in School Fire Safety

If you're new to the role of Responsible Person you should review the risk assessment thoroughly to check it is up to date and fit for purpose.

You are also required to update the relevant parts of your document and processes after any

  • changes to the layout or use of your building(s)
  • near-misses or
  • incidents of fire.

As each school or business is different there are no set review dates by law.

Best practice (and what our confused Responsible Person is being asked to confirm) is to check and update the whole Risk Assessment on a regular basis. This particular Essex authority requires that every 5 years.

Think of it as tidying up as you go but having a scheduled deep clean every 5 years. Or, in school terms, revising your topics regularly for the big exam!

Subject specialists

You need to call in the experts as there's no room for error.

Blake Fire & Security are installers. We can design, install, maintain and arrange monitoring for your fire and security systems but we do not carry out risk assessments.

But we can recommend people for the job...

M B Fire Risk are our trusted partner for fire risk assessments. They use industry approved templates to the very latest standards. Every member of their team has at least 15 years experience as an active firefighter. Together they have over 150 years of fire safety management. It's safe to say they know what to look for!

Once your risk assessment or fire survey is complete, you can rely on Blake's to install and maintain the required school fire safety equipment. We work quickly, cleanly and respectfully of your time. We are NSI Gold Fire & BAFE accredited so the Responsible Person can rest assured the following systems are compliant with the law.

You cannot afford to cut corners!

Being the Responsible Person isn't easy. Being liable for all the systems and the standards and the regulations and the compliance is a lot to think about. If you want to keep your school fire and security under one very safe roof, check out our One Stop Shop.

The penalties for getting it wrong are severe and can affect you personally, not just the school at a whole.

Blake's want to help make your job easier, so you can worry less.

We've written a FREE e-book to help you keep your people and buildings safe, meet your legal obligations and avoid legal issues!

Click the image below and discover the 10 things you simply MUST get right!

It takes 2 minutes to download and you can keep it forever! 10 things the responsible person must know

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