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You'll likely need to update your fire risk assessment in light of coronavirus. Find out when you need to do this, and see templates of fire risk assessments.

Coronavirus: update your fire risk assessment

If you've changed the way you use space in your school due to coronavirus, you'll need to update your fire risk assessment reflect these changes. This should be a priority.

Changes that might require an updated risk assessment include:

  • One-way systems
  • Repurposed rooms
  • Building layout changes
  • New entrance or exit security measures
  • Newly installed barriers
  • Moved or replaced furniture
  • Doors that have been locked or wedged open

You should also review and update your fire risk assessment if your staffing and occupancy levels have changed, according to Surrey Fire and Rescue.  

London Fire Brigade has produced a Covid19 Fire Risk Assessment checklist. The list prompts you to consider questions about:

See also guidance from Cheshire Fire and Rescue for schools and early years providers on conducting fire risk assessments during coronavirus - it

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