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What are Fire Safety Signs and Symbols?

Safety signs and symbols are easily recognisable graphic labels that represent the general protocol and safety instructions in workplaces, establishments, or public spaces.

 

The appearance of safety signs and symbols can sometimes vary depending on the country or region, but their general goal is to communicate safety information which transcends language barriers and can be interpreted globally.

 

Click on the colours below to learn about each of the sign categories. 

 

Personal Protection Equipment

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) should be a last resort, used if the hazards can not be eliminated, sufficiently controlled or as an additional control measure.

Click on the PPE below to learn more.

 

In an Emergency

The workplace emergency procedures must be understood by all personnel.

The location of fire fighting equipment should be clear and visible, make sure you know where it is.
In the event of an emergency or injury:
  • You should be able to identify the approved fire marshal personnel
  • You must be able to locate the first aid box location
  • You should be able to identify the appointed First Aider
  • Knowledge of where the nearest A+E Hospital may also be useful

Permits are required for any Hot Works carried out if a risk of fire exists.

Fire Safety Equipment

Fire extinguishers play an important part in your fire safety plans. They can be effective when dealing with small fires or as a way to suppress a fire, allowing for the safe evacuation of an area.

 

Fire extinguishers are generally only effective on fires no more than twice the size of the extinguisher itself.

 

There are 5 main types of extinguishers which are each used for different categories of fires.

 

Every fire can be categorised into different Classes. The Classes are determined by the type of fuel or ignition source which caused the fire.

The categories are Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, Electrical and Class F.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic Principles of Fire

Fire is a chemical reaction which needs 3 things to start:

  • A source of fuel (something that burns)

  • Oxygen

  • A source of ignition (heat)

 

Understanding the concept of the fire triangle is very important when preventing and reducing the risk of a fire emergency.

 

Click on the Fire Triangle below to learn about the different sources and materials that will lead to a fire when combined. 

What are Safety Signs and Symbols?

Safety signs and symbols are easily recognisable graphic labels that represent the general protocol and safety instructions in either workplaces, establishments, or public spaces.

 

The appearance of safety signs and symbols can sometimes vary depending on the country or region, but their general goal is to communicate safety information which transcends language barriers and can be interpreted globally.

 

Click on the colours below to learn about each of the sign categories. 

 

COSHH Symbols

Do you know what the COSHH Symbols mean?

Test your knowledge and match the hazard symbol to the correct warning.

 

Drag the COSHH Symbols into the correct box.

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