Many people don’t know who the Responsible Person is in their building, but their role is essential in keeping the premises and occupants safe from the risk of fire. Read our blog to find out more.
Students are a high-risk group. Did you know that 81% of students undertake activities that increase the risk of fire in their accommodation?
- One in two regularly ‘drink and fry’ causing hundreds of fires each year
- Deep fat fryers and chip pans are the cause of 9% of fires
- 43% admit to drying clothes over a heater.
Fire doors are safety devices. When a fire breaks out, they act as a barrier by holding the fire back so people can escape. While they are supposed to be kept closed at all times, students often see fire doors as more of a hindrance than a safety device.
With issues like these seen every day, it’s clear to see why fire doors get wedged open. Despite this, regulations state that fire doors must be kept closed.
Fire safety fines
Many universities are imposing fines on students in halls of residence to:
- encourage quicker evacuation
- reduce false alarms
- prevent wedged open fire doors.
It can be a daunting experience leaving home for the first time, and students will be faced with the challenge of keeping on top of budgeting. While this approach to fire safety is completely understandable to discourage behaviour that may compromise this, students in halls are still seven times more likely to have a fire.
For many, an open fire door makes life easier. It stops the obstruction from heavy fire doors, reduces injury, slamming doors and inconvenience.
For many students, an open door makes meeting people a lot easier. Leaving home for the first time, their first thoughts will be getting to know their new housemates without the struggle of a heavy fire door.
There are legal and safe ways to keep fire doors open, such as a hold-open device. They enable freedom to move, ensure compliance and keep students safe. So students can start their new chapter, without concerns that they may be doing this…
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The cost of a school fire can be huge. Lives are at risk. Fire damage is not only expensive to repair, it causes disruption and can even affect exam results, and staff and pupil morale.
Every time a fire door is wedged open, a fairy dies. A closed fire door policy doesn’t work as people wedge doors open. This means they are useless in a fire.