When it comes to fire safety signs, free ones might be tempting (the ones you print and laminate yourself) but they are not going to be anywhere near as safe as the signs which are specifically manufactured to meet the British Safety Standards. Professionally made fire safety signs are designed to give out the right message using a combination of instantly recognisable colours and shapes to provide the appropriate fire safety information.
The law says that employers must install the correct fire safety signs in order to safeguard the health, welfare and safety of their employees and members of the general public. Fire safety signs can do a number of things:
- Draw the attention of workers to the potential hazards and display the appropriate safety procedures.
- Display signs to denote correct procedures and regulations which must be followed when using dangerous equipment.
- Be sure that hazardous materials are stored in a safe environment.
Some fire safety signs are available by free download but if you really want to be on the safe side then you should buy and erect safety signs which have been designed to comply with the British Safety standards.
Fire Safety Signs
These signs are in red and are used to point out where fire extinguishers and other types of fire safety equipment are stored. Red denotes danger.
Safe Condition Signs
Green signs are used to show employees the whereabouts of safety equipment or procedures. An example may be the location of the fire exits and first aid kits.
This type of sign is in a blue circle and gives direct orders – you’ve got to follow the orders and do exactly as the sign tells you. Some sort of fire action notice will be in this colour of sign.
A red circle with a diagonal red line running through it means that you must not do whatever is shown in the centre of the circle.
Anything which is displayed within a yellow triangle is a caution sign.
The “Must Have” Fire Safety Signs For Your Business
According to the UK’s health and safety regulations, there must be fire safety signs in place wherever and whenever there is a potential danger. Fire safety signs can help to reduce the risks to employees. These include:
Fire exits – these need to be clearly marked and kept free at all times.
Assembly point – a pre-determined location where employees should assemble in case of fire.
Fire equipment locations – the location of fire extinguishers, fire blankets, hoses, fire buckets etc.
Evacuation routes – which must be kept open at all times.
While it may be tempting to cut corners and save a little cash in other areas, when it comes to fire safety signs you really need to ensure the safest possible working environment for your employees. Clear, well placed and visible signs save lives.