Fire safety: emergency evacuation procedures

Learn about your school's requirements for fire evacuation and see examples of fire evacuation plans.

Last reviewed on 15 November 2023
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  1. You must have a fire evacuation plan
  2. Make separate plans for people with mobility needs
  3. Make sure you have an exam centre evacuation plan
  4. See examples of fire evacuation plans
  5. Brief your team on basic fire safety 

You must have a fire evacuation plan

This should be made by the 'responsible person' in your school. Read more about your fire safety requirements

To create the plan, your 'responsible person' can read the Fire Safety Advice Centre's guidance on forming a fire evacuation plan. This includes guidance on personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs) – see the section 'Make separate plans for people with mobility needs' below.

Your fire evacuation plan must show that you have:

  • A clear passageway to all escape routes
  • Clearly-marked escape routes that are as short and direct as possible
  • Enough exits and routes for all people to escape
  • Emergency doors that open easily
  • Emergency lighting where needed
  • Training for all employees so they know and can use the escape routes
  • A safe meeting point 

Contact your local fire safety team to carry out an evaluation of how effective your arrangements are.

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