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. Your 'responsible person' will create all fire-related documents
  2. You must have a fire evacuation plan
  3. Make separate plans for people with mobility needs
  4. Make sure you have an exam centre evacuation plan
  5. See examples of fire evacuation plans
  6. Brief your team on basic fire safety 

Your 'responsible person' will create all fire-related documents

You must appoint a 'responsible person' to be responsible for fire safety, including plans for an emergency and all fire risk assessments. They must: 

  • Carry out a fire risk assessment of the premises and review it regularly
  • Tell staff or their representatives about the risks identified
  • Put in place, and maintain, appropriate fire safety measures
  • Plan for an emergency
  • Provide staff information, fire safety instruction and training

These requirements are outlined in the government guidance on fire safety in the workplace

You must have a fire evacuation plan

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.

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