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:
- To acquaint everyone with the nature of the alarm
- To make everyone aware of the necessity of evacuating the building when the fire alarm is sounded
- To bring attention to the necessity of making oneself familiar with the alternative means of escape from buildings and the routine to be followed in case of fire. Notices setting out this routine are displayed adjacent to the break glass fire alarm points in the building
- To draw attention to the importance of going to the assembly point, allowing a check to be made that the building has been evacuated and enabling the Fire Service to deal with the fire without the delay of searching for persons still to be accounted for.
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