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Escape Routes and Assembly Points



In case of a fire you must know your nearest escape route (which may not be the way you entered the building). It’s also good to know a second route in case the first is blocked.


After this training, check a Fire Action Notice (located throughout your building), find your assembly point (indicated with a sign) and walk your escape routes.


Remember, don’t use lifts to evacuate as the power may fail and the lift shaft may act like a chimney.


Fire Action

How Fire Spreads

To help understand fire hazards and reduce the risk of fire, it is useful to understand how fire spreads.


Fire can be spread by direct burning, but it can also be spread by the transfer of heat.


Click on each    icon below to learn how heat is transferred.

Identifying Fire Hazards

The first stage of reducing the risk of a fire is to identify the fire hazards – something with the potential to cause harm.


We can then try to reduce the risk, or likelihood, of the hazard occurring.


How many hazards can you see in the picture below? We identified 6!

What is a Fire Risk Assessment

A fire safety risk assessment aims to:

  • Identify fire hazards (sources of ignition, fuel and oxygen)
  • Identify people at risk
  • Evaluate the risk of a fire starting and the risk to people
  • Evaluate whether existing fire precautions are adequate and identify any additional controls needed
  • Remove or reduce the risk of the identified hazards
  • Prepare an emergency plan and inform or train the relevant people


Remember, we can all reduce simple fire hazards such as removing a door wedge from a fire door.