Fire safety for schools and universities

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If you work in the education industry, you’ll know how important it is to ensure the safety and well-being of your students. For schools and universities, fire safety and prevention is one of the most important factors to consider.

A single fire can have devastating consequences, leading to injuries, property damage, and disruption of academic activities.

And when you’re dealing with potentially hundreds of students and staff, as well as the unpredictable nature of fire itself, fire safety in schools and universities demands careful attention, comprehensive planning, and proactive measures.

Luckily, working with experts in fire and essential services can help protect both the people and properties of educational facilities.

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Understanding fire hazards in educational institutions

There are different factors that can contribute to the outbreak and rapid spread of fires on schools and university campuses.

Electrical problems like faulty wiring or circuits that have too many things connected to them are common reasons why fires happen in schools.

Another important thing to watch out for is how flammable things are stored and handled, a factor we consider during our risk assessment.

This includes chemicals, cleaning products, and things that can catch fire easily. It’s important to know where these things are kept, like in science labs or places where maintenance is done, and to have safety rules in place.

Places where students live, eat, and cook also need to follow strict safety rules to make sure fire-related accidents don’t happen.

Another key factor to remember is the importance of keeping pathways clear and not blocking any doors or emergency exits. If there’s a fire, it’s important for people to be able to get out quickly and safely – especially when there might be hundreds of students and faculty on site.

By knowing about these fire dangers, schools can make effective risk mitigation plans to decrease hazards and make fire safety a priority.

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Fire safety prevention measures and safety plans

In order to properly provide a fire safety plan, experts in fire protection like our team at DEM Fire must first be made aware of all contributing factors and risks that may occur.

We’ll do this by looking at elements like how the property is used and by whom, such as students, staff and parents.

We’ll also consider the property’s location and features. If it’s a private school, we’ll also pay specific attention to any boarding house facilities that are onsite, as boarding facilities increase the duty of care the school has.

Key considerations include factors such as:

  • Heritage properties:
    Schools and universities are often operating in heritage buildings, which come with their own fire safety risks.

Electrical systems may have aged without proper maintenance, timber framing might cause difficulties in fire protection and the risk of losing a heritage property – and a piece of local history – is great.

  • Performing arts and other areas of interest:
    Schools and universities often have performing arts centres or theatre facilities, as well as other special interest support, such as kitchens for hospitality classes. These, while fun, come with a number of fire risks if not properly maintained and kept.

Performing arts facilities might contain potential hazards such as stage lighting, heavy flammable curtains, dry smoke and other special effects. And cooking classes likely contain all the essential kitchen appliances such as ovens and stovetops, which come with their own risks as well.

Preventing fires requires carefully planned fire safety solutions. Working with fire experts can help schools and universities identify and address potential hazards, reduce risk and protect the safety of their students.

Contact us for comprehensive fire solution design

For decades, our family-owned business has been at the forefront of providing exceptional fire safety solution design, and have supported schools and heritage-listed buildings with fire protection that fits their specific and unique needs.

We approach fire safety with a holistic mindset, giving careful thought to every detail and creating customised solutions.

Our commitment to quality means we don’t settle for quick fixes; instead, we focus on delivering cost-effective and top-of-the-line fire protection.

With our expertise, we strive to create a safe and secure environment, giving our clients peace of mind. Contact us today to get started creating a safer space for education.

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