Fire Drills

It is a legal requirement under the Fire Safety Order 2005 that the University carries out at least one monitored fire evacuation drill per year.

The purpose of the drill is:

Although the drills may cause disturbance, you will appreciate that practice in the evacuation of the University's buildings, particularly where large numbers of people are involved, is an important objective in carrying out the fire drills.

Co-operation by all concerned will reduce interruption to a minimum, typically no more than 10 minutes. Lack of co-operation means that the alarm bells will continue to ring until the building has been evacuated, thereby extending such interruption.

Staff and students should muster at the assembly point, well clear of exit doors, until the alarms are silenced. They may then re-enter the building.

Any defects, such as sounders not functioning correctly, should be brought to the attention of Estates Management using the normal mechanisms for the reporting of faults.

The fire drills also present an opportunity for members of staff to familiarise themselves with the exit issues for those with restricted mobility, including staff, students and visitors.

Further advice can be found at Action to be taken by persons who are dependent on the use of a lift if the lift is not available and Health and Safety Information for Visitors to the University

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