8.5 Fire safety and emergency evacuation

Policy statement

We ensure the highest possible standard of fire precautions are in place. The person in charge and our staff are familiar with the current legal requirements. Where necessary we seek the advice of a competent person, such as our Fire Officer or Fire Safety Consultant. A Fire Safety Log Book is used to record the findings of risk assessment, any actions taken or incidents that have occurred and our fire drills. Downloadable Fire Safety Log Books are widely available free of charge on line. We ensure our policy is in line with the procedures specific to our building, making reasonable adjustments as required.


Fire safety risk assessment

  • The basis of fire safety is risk assessment, carried out by a ‘competent person’.
  • The manager has received training in fire safety sufficient to be competent to carry out the risk assessment; this will be written where there are more than five staff and will follow the Government guidance Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Educational Premises (HMG 2006).
  • Our fire safety risk assessment focuses on the following for each area of the setting:
  • Electrical plugs, wires and sockets.
  • Electrical items.
  • Gas boilers.
  • Cookers.
  • Matches.
  • Flammable materials – including furniture, furnishings, paper etc.
  • Flammable chemicals.
  • Means of escape.
  • Anything else identified.
  • We rent premises, we ensure that we have a copy of the fire safety risk assessment that applies to the building and that we contribute to regular reviews.

Fire safety precautions taken

  • We ensure that fire doors are clearly marked, never obstructed and easily opened from the inside.
  • We ensure that smoke detectors/alarms and firefighting appliances conform to BS EN standards, are fitted in appropriate high-risk areas of the building and are checked as specified by the manufacturer.
  • We have all electrical equipment checked annually by a qualified electrician. Any faulty electrical equipment is taken out of use and either repaired or replaced.
  • Our emergency evacuation procedures are approved by the Fire Safety Officer and are:
  • clearly displayed in the premises.
  • explained to new [members of staff,] volunteers and parents; and
  • practised regularly, at least once every six weeks.
  • Records are kept of fire drills and of the servicing of fire safety equipment.

Emergency evacuation procedure

  • How children are familiar with the sound of the fire alarm, we use a whistle to alert children of a fire.  We play the ‘whistle game’ every day for a week every half term so that all children are aware what to do in event of a fire.  
  • All fire exits are clearly marked 
  • The children are led from the building or Nature Garden by the session leader.  
  • Each staff member is responsible for their key children.  The manager (in her absence the deputy manager) will make a sweep of the building/nature garden and ticks of all the children on the register
  • The manager will time how long it takes for everyone to get to the assembly point safely 
  • The manager is responsible for calling the fire service, in her absence the deputy manager 
  • The daily register is taken with all the parent contact details. The manager will take a mobile phone, to contact parents.  

Fire drills

We hold fire drills termly and record the following information about each fire drill in the Fire Safety Logbook:

  • The date and time of the drill.
  • Number of adults and children involved.
  • How long it took to evacuate.
  • Whether there were any problems that delayed evacuation.
  • Any further action taken to improve the drill procedure.

Legal framework

  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

Further guidance 

  • Fire Safety Risk Assessment – Educational Premises (HMG 2006)
  • Fire Safety Record (Pre-school Learning Alliance 2015)
This policy was adopted byOrchard Preschool and Playgroup
OnSeptember 2020
Date to be reviewedSeptember 2021
Signed on behalf of the provider
Name of signatoryGemma Houghton
Role of signatory (e.g. chair, director or owner)Preschool Manager
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