Safety Signs Checklist for Schools in the UK - The Sign Shed

Safety Signs Checklist for Schools in the UK

Safety Signs Checklist for Schools in the UK

Safety Signs Checklist for Schools in the UK


    • Fire exits and escape routes: Clearly marked with green fire exit signs complying with BS EN 1716.
    • Fire equipment: Fire extinguishers and alarm call points identified with appropriate signs per BS EN 3864.
    • First aid stations: Easily identifiable with green cross symbols on a white background.
    • Assembly points: Clearly marked in case of emergencies.
    • Restricted areas: Marked with "No Entry" or "Authorized Personnel Only" signs.
    • Electrical hazards: Highlighted with yellow triangles and lightning bolts per BS EN ISO 7010.
    • Dangers and obstructions: Warning signs with yellow diamonds and black symbols for tripping hazards, slippery surfaces, etc. (BS EN ISO 7010).
    • Emergency exits: Clearly highlighted with green running man symbols on a white background.
    • Toilets and staff rooms: Clearly signposted using appropriate symbols or text.


    • Fire evacuation procedures: Displayed prominently inside and outside each classroom.
    • Emergency shut-off valves: Marked for gas, water, and electricity supplies.
    • First aid kit location: Clearly indicated within the classroom.
    • No running, eating, or drinking in certain areas: Signposted for specific safety reasons.
    • Exit door instructions: Clear indication of push or pull requirement.
    • Chemical or equipment warnings: Specific to any hazardous materials or equipment used in the classroom.

Playgrounds and Outdoor Areas:

    • Playground equipment age restrictions: Clearly displayed on each piece of equipment.
    • No climbing signs: Placed on fences, trees, or structures not intended for climbing.
    • Slippery surface warnings: Placed near wet areas, icy patches, or areas prone to spills.
    • Hot surfaces caution: Used if equipment gets hot in the sun.
    • No ball games or specific game restrictions: Indicated for safety or to protect school property.
    • First aid kit or defibrillator location: Clearly marked for outdoor emergencies.
    • Drinking water fountain location: Signposted for easy access.

Additional Considerations:

    • Disability access: All signs should be easily visible and understandable for people with disabilities. Consider tactile and braille options where appropriate.
    • Multilingual signs: May be necessary in areas with diverse student populations.
    • Regular maintenance and updates: Ensure signs are clean, legible, and up-to-date with current regulations.
    • Involving students: Engage students in designing or choosing some safety signs to promote ownership and awareness.

Remember: This checklist is a guide, and specific requirements may vary depending on the school's size, layout, and activities. Always consult relevant UK safety regulations and best practices for the most comprehensive and compliant safety sign strategy.

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