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How To Answer Questions Being Asked About School Fire Alarms

Date: 13 July 2023

Questions are being asked about school fire alarms every day. And we don't mean by people making appointments with the Head! Here's what people are asking Google... and how your school can answer!

Our research showed that parents and carers are searching online for:

  • Clarification on fire safety laws and regulations in schools
  • Reassurance that their child's school is legally compliant
  • Confirmation in "What if..?" situations

If they were coming to you with their concerns, you could put their mind at rest and use the feedback to improve. But they're not, they're going to Google!

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What are parents and carers asking about school fire alarms?

The most popular search terms from that group were:

  • How do school fire alarms work?
  • What to do in case of a fire alarm at school?
  • Is it law that fire alarms in school should have glass protection?
  • What happens if a school fire alarm goes off at night?

This is all information you can have on your website. You may already have your fire policy uploaded. Add your procedure too, so parents can clearly see what plans are in place. Display a list of regulations and show how you meet them.

Blake's supply all the paperwork you need after an installation to prove legal compliance so you can let everyone know about it!

It's a tough job being the Responsible Person in a school. Click the button below for your free downloadable guide!

10 things the responsible person must know

What other questions are being asked?

Some of the questions appear to be from younger people. Things like:

  • If a school fire alarm is broken and you can't stop it, does the school need to be closed?
  • What happens when you press a fire alarm at school?
  • Is it illegal to turn off fire alarms in school?

A bit worrying! Are they born of curiosity or is this a trouble making plan in the making?!

Let your pupils know how the fire systems work as part of a regular fire drill. Tell them if your system is monitored, the emergency services are automatically alerted. So there's no need for 999 calls from children that should be quickly and quietly exiting the building!

Educate students on the dangers of fire hoaxes, both in and out of school. The Fire Brigade do school visits and assemblies to help with this.

If you have a maintenance contract with Blake's, you can tell them you have an NSI Gold company on callout at any time. So no matter what, the school doesn't have to close!

Questions that Blake's can answer

Blake's is proud to protect over 200 schools in the South East - and counting! Our years of expertise and industry accreditations mean you can be sure we've done ALL our homework!

We take away the pain of compliance and legal paperwork. You can be sure that you're not at risk of prosecution, fines or even jail! Blake's know the heavy load carried by the Responsible Person and we're here to help.

Our experts have written a guide to the 10 Things Every Responsible Person MUST Get Right. Click the image below and download a free copy to get YOUR answers!

10 things the responsible person must know

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