Health and education facilities often accommodate some of the most vulnerable people in society. There are different considerations for each type of premise, so it’s important to consider each building and its ppurpose in its own right. Fire in any building has the ability to kill or injure large amounts of people. If not properly managed, that risk increases for those that may not be able to evacuate themselves.

The government guides below give tailored advice, depending on what the building is being used for.

Healthcare premises

Hospitals and other such buildings look after some of our most needy and vulnerable members of society. We work closely with healthcare premises to make sure that, if we’re needed, we’ll be there.

There’s a lot for managers to consider too, though, especially around evacuation plans which might be made more complicated with large numbers of people who are unable to evacuate themselves.

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Residential care premises

Fortunately, the number of fire-related incidents in residential care premises is low, thanks in part to the progress made in fire safety over the years. But with lots of vulnerable people sleeping in one set of premises, the possibility of a fire having catastrophic consequences remains very real.

The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce this, ranging from making sure you use fire-retardant bedding to how many staff you have available at any one time.

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Educational Premises

Educational premises, including schools, carry some unique fire safety challenges.

Fires started deliberately account for some 60% of all causes of fire in schools – about 16 caused by arson each week. These factors should be factored into your risk assessment, with details about the measures you’re taking to reduce arson.

There are other issues to consider, too, including the number of people the building can hold, and the capacity of escape routes and stairways.

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