Fire Safety Signs & Types of Fires

11 May 2022 superman

Fire Safety Signs & Types of Fires

Fire safety signs

Legislation states that every occupant in the workplace must be provided with health and safety information related to fires. Therefore, fire safety signs and fire equipment signs are required after carrying out a fire risk assessment, to determine where to find the fire fighting equipment and emergency exits.

When it comes to what fire signage is required, there are two parts of legislation to be aware of: Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 (HSR) and the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 (RRFSO).

The RRFSO requires all companies to appoint one ‘responsible person’, who will be held accountable for meeting all fire safety regulations. They must provide specific safety signs and signals – installing fire alarms and equipment on the business premises wherever necessary.

Types of fire safety signs and categories of fire signage

According to international standards, there are 5 categories of fire signage: prohibition signs, warning signs, mandatory signage, emergency exit signs/escape routes (directional arrows) and fire equipment signs.

Fire safety signs and categories of fire signage are colour coded in order to make them quick and easy to recognise in the event of a fire.

Prohibition Signs

Prohibition signs prohibit actions from staff and visitors, which would be detrimental to health and safety.

Fire Safety Warning Signs

warning sign is YELLOW: which signifies a potential hazard (e.g. fire hazards), obstacle, or element requiring special attention and care.

Fire Point Signage

Fire point signs are RED: and designed to highlight the location of fire-fighting equipment, such as fire extinguishers and fire hoses, as well as the nearest fire alarm. The fire assembly point should be easily accessible to all!

Mandatory Signs

BLUE fire safety signs (mandatory signs): indicate actions to be carried out by guests and employees to comply w ith statutory requirements. Specific fire risks can be minimised by following safety signs instructions.

fire action notices ensure that basic guides and instructions can be followed in the event of an emergency, or during any training drills.

Fire fighting equipment for different types of fire

There is a huge range of fire fighting equipment which can be split into two types: portable (fire extinguishers and fire blankets), and fixed systems (sprinkler systems).

Portable fire fighting equipment includes extinguishers, there are 5 common different types of fire extinguishers you need to be aware of:

  1. Water – red with a white label
  2. Foam – red with a cream label
  3. Carbon dioxide – red with a black label
  4. Dry powder – red with a blue label
  5. AFFF (Aqueous film-foaming foam) – red with a cream label

Fire equipment signs will help you to locate the extinguishers and other fire equipment needed to lessen the blaze. However, fire exits and fire exit routes should be made clear in order for people to plan their escape routes.

Fire exit signs

Fire exit signs are a legal requirement and part of your health & safety responsibilities as a landowner, business owner, landlord, office manager, and more. In addition to being part of regulatory reform, fire exit signs are important because they help people to escape during the event of a fire.

Fire exit signs need to be placed at ‘each and every change in direction, on any given route to a fire exit’. In simple terms, fire door signs should be placed immediately above the final exit door – with escape route signs and directional arrows clearly visible to guide people to the nearest fire exit.

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Farm Signs is proud to offer fully compliant HSE fire safety signs for all locations with our high-quality, durable signs that are also at a fantastic, affordable price.

From assembly fire point signs to detailed fire action, and fire exit signs – we have a huge range of fire safety signs for sale.

If you require assistance or have any questions you would like to discuss, get in touch with our friendly team.

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