PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE
Watch out for:
Over 50% of large fires in the UK are attributable to malicious ignition. Be wary of strangers in your area and keep your area free from combustible material.
Unauthorised smoking, particularly in secluded areas, carries the risk of fire resulting from discarded, but still-lit, cigarette butts.
Obstructed Escape Routes, Stairways and Emergency Exits
It is illegal to obstruct any emergency route, especially stairways, corridors and final exits. Checks of routes and exits should be undertaken regularly.
Estates maintains and tests the fixed wiring circuits within the University’s premises. However, if you become aware of a fault with the fixed electrics you should cease use of the equipment and report it immediately to the Estates Helpdesk (ext. 5152, firstname.lastname@example.org).
It is the responsibility of local management to ensure that portable appliances are subject to a systematic and regular programme of maintenance, inspection and testing, so that they are “safe to use” in compliance with statutory requirements and in accordance with University procedures. If a School/Department does not have the technical expertise to do so, Estates will arrange for the testing to be carried out at an appropriate charge.
Fire Doors Propped Open
The propping or wedging open of fire doors is a criminal act, which places lives in danger as this allows smoke to fill escape routes. It becomes a double criminal act to use fire extinguishers to prop open fire doors.
Incorrect Storage of Combustible Material
Cardboard boxes, waste materials, and other combustibles must not be stored or stacked in escape routes and stairwells at any time. Where combustibles have to be stored, they should be neatly stacked in a suitable storeroom away from escape routes.