Assembly Point Signs
What is a fire assembly point?
A fire assembly point is a designated location where people should gather in the event of a fire. It is typically located outside of the building, in a safe area away from the fire. The purpose of a fire assembly point is to allow firefighters to quickly determine if everyone has evacuated the building safely. You should display a fire assembly point sign to identify the assembly point in case of an emergency on your site.
Fire assembly points are required by law in many jurisdictions. In the United Kingdom, for example, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires employers to designate a fire assembly point for their workplace.
When choosing a fire assembly point, it is important to consider the following factors:
- Safety: The fire assembly point should be located in a safe area away from the fire and any other hazards, such as electrical wires, falling debris, or traffic.
- Accessibility: The fire assembly point should be accessible to all employees, including those with disabilities.
- Visibility: The fire assembly point should be clearly visible by displaying fire point signs, also known as muster point signs to employees and firefighters.
- Size: The fire assembly point should be large enough to accommodate all employees.
Once you have chosen a fire assembly point, it is important to mark it clearly with signs. You should also post evacuation procedures near the fire assembly point so that employees know what to do in the event of a fire.
Here are some additional tips for creating and managing a fire assembly point:
- Make sure that all employees are aware of the location of the fire assembly point.
- Conduct fire drills regularly to ensure that employees know how to evacuate the building safely and gather at the fire assembly point.
- Keep the fire assembly point clear of obstacles and debris.
- Assign a person to be responsible for overseeing the fire assembly point and ensuring that everyone has evacuated the building safely.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your employees are safe in the event of a fire.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) also recommends that fire assembly point signs be:
- At least 200mm in height: This will ensure that the sign is large enough to be easily seen.
- Made from a reflective material: This will make the sign more visible at night and in low light conditions.
- Placed in prominent locations where employees are likely to see them: This includes near exits, in common areas, and along evacuation routes.
All our Fire Safety Signs comply with British Standard BS5499.