Fire Equipment Signs
Most fires can be dealt with within the first few minutes when tackled with an appropraite fire extinguisher. That is why it’s so important that occupants know where to find fire-fighting equipment in the event of an emergecy. Fire equipment signs guide and teach people what best fire-fighting equipment to use depending on the type of fire.
There is not one British Standard or law that tells us to display fire equipment signs.
Although, there are three pieces of legislation that are worth bearing in mind:
- The Health & Safety (Safety Signs and Signals Regulations) Act 1996 says that at fire points the relevant symbol should be shown, particularly if the fire extinguisher itself is obscured.
- BS 5499 British Standard: Safety Signs Including Fire Safety Signs gives guidance on how and where this should be fitted.
- Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 and its subsequent amendment notices and guidance notes state that some form of training and instruction must be given on fire equipment.