Fire safety

What to do if there is a fire

If you discover a fire or major gas leak:

  1. Shout "fire"
  2. Leave the building immediately by the nearest available fire escape route
  3. Raise the alarm by breaking the seal on a red fire alarm call point. These will be found on all fire exit routes as you evacuate
  4. Call Security Services by dialing 112233 from an internal phone or 0117 3311223 from a mobile
  5. Call 999 to alert the fire brigade. Security officers will call 999 on your behalf, but you can call the emergency services directly if you know there is a fire or gas leak
  6. Go to the fire assembly point and inform the nearest fire warden

If you hear the fire alarm:

  1. Leave the building by the nearest available fire escape route. If you have mobility issues, you need to complete a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP)
  2. Close doors and windows and turn off equipment as you leave if that is possible, but do not delay escape 
  3. Go to the assembly area and await instruction
  4. Do not loiter around the fire exit as you will slow down those that follow
  5. Do not re-enter the building until given the all clear by a fire warden 

Your fire safety responsibilities

  • Act in a fire-safe manner at all times when on University premises.
  • Comply with all University policies, procedures and guidance relating to fire safety.
  • Co-operate with the University to allow it to comply with health and safety legislation.
  • Advise University management of any fire safety issues discovered.
  • Co-operate with others in the delivery of these responsibilities.
  • Never allow equipment, apparatus, materials or furniture to obstruct corridors, passageways or access to fire fighting equipment, isolation valves or switches.

Remember: Limiting the build-up of material, especially flammable materials such as cardboard and paper, will also reduce your fire risk.

Fire escape routes and assembly points

All students must know:

  • the correct way to escape from a building
  • multiple ways out of a building in case one of the exits is blocked
  • the local designated fire assembly point

Fire wardens

Every building in the University has a dedicated fire policy. Part of this policy includes the provision of fire wardens.

In the event of a fire alarm, fire wardens will be wearing high-visibility reflective jackets so you can identify them.

Fire alarms

File alarms are routinely tested in all University buildings. During a fire alarm test, the alarm sounds for 20–30 seconds only, and there is no need to evacuate the premises at these times.

This testing is usually done on the same day and time each week. However, you should always be prepared that any alarm could indicate a real emergency.

If an alarm continues to sound or if you hear the fire alarm at any other time, please exit the building as quickly as possible, following the green fire exit signs. You must treat it as an emergency evacuation.

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