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Are you aware of the new Fire Safety Act and how it will affect schools?

The Fire Safety Act 2021, which came into force in April 2021, has brought about significant changes to fire safety regulations in the UK. These changes affect all buildings, including schools, and have been put in place to ensure that all occupants are safe in the event of a fire.


One of the most significant changes brought about by the Fire Safety Act 2021 is the requirement for schools to appoint a responsible person for fire safety. This person is responsible for ensuring that all fire safety measures are in place and that they are regularly inspected and maintained. This means that schools will need to have a dedicated member of staff who is trained in fire safety and who is responsible for ensuring that all fire safety procedures are followed.


Schools will also be required to carry out regular fire risk assessments to identify any potential fire hazards and to put measures in place to reduce the risk of a fire starting. This means that schools will need to review their fire safety procedures and make any necessary changes to ensure that they comply with the new regulations.

One area where schools will need to pay particular attention is the use of combustible materials. The Fire Safety Act 2021 prohibits the use of combustible materials in the external walls of buildings over 18 meters in height. While most schools are unlikely to be affected by this restriction, it is still important for schools to ensure that any materials used in their buildings are fire-resistant and comply with the new regulations.


Another change brought about by the Fire Safety Act 2021 is the requirement for buildings to have a clear evacuation plan in place. This means that schools will need to ensure that all occupants are aware of the evacuation procedure and that there are clear instructions in place for what to do in the event of a fire.


Schools will also need to ensure that their fire safety equipment is in good working order. This includes fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and fire extinguishers. Regular testing and maintenance of these systems will be required to ensure that they are effective in the event of a fire.


In addition to these changes, the Fire Safety Act 2021 also places greater responsibility on building owners and managers to ensure that fire safety measures are in place and that they are regularly reviewed and updated. This means that schools will need to work closely with their local fire service and building owners to ensure that all fire safety measures are in place and that they comply with the new regulations.


Overall, the changes brought about by the Fire Safety Act 2021 will have a significant impact on schools. While many schools will already have fire safety measures in place, they will need to review and update these measures to ensure that they comply with the new regulations. This will require time, effort, and resources, but it is essential to ensure the safety of all occupants in the event of a fire.


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