Fire safety signs are designed to let occupants of a building know what to do in the event of a fire. They can pinpoint fire safety equipment and warn staff of potential fire hazards. Fire action signs or notices should be suitably positioned at fire alarm call points and provide occupants with a constant reminder of the procedures to be followed. Some fire safety signs identify safe areas such as fire assembly points.
Fire action signs are positioned where call points are in public places, where people would not know where to go to evacuate. A fire action notice tells you what to do in the event of a fire related emergency.
Safe area signs are designed to help identify an area in a public building that has been designated as ‘safe’ during an emergency situation. A person with a mobility impairment that is unable to evacuate should go to a ‘safe area’ in an emergency.
Fire equipment signs are used to identify and draw attention to fire safety equipment such as extinguishers, alarms, hoses etc. You can also get panoramic fire equipment signs that stick out from the wall so you can see them from further away. This helps to signpost building occupants to equipment locations quickly.
Some fire safety signs are required by law such as a fire action notice. Other signs such as fire exit signs may be required depending the size and complexity of the building. Fire safety equipment signs will be required if you have the relevant equipment installed at the premises. Read our in-depth fire safety sign guide for more advice on where they should be placed.