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Fire Safety Signs for Bedrooms and Sleeping Areas

Many fires start at night, with risks being especially high in temporary accommodation like hotel rooms as guests are not fully familiar with any appliances. They may also be charging multiple devices simultaneously like laptops, tablets, smartphones, or drones. The fire safety signage in these areas should reinforce correct safety behaviour.

Fire Action Notices on the inside of the door will instruct occupants on critical emergency procedures as they leave their room, especially helpful in temporary accommodation where guests will not be intimately familiar with fire safety policies. No smoking signs should also be displayed around the room to help reduce this key fire risk. All fire doors around the whole premises must also be fitted with fire door ID signs with appropriate text, so that all occupants know to keep them shut.

Clear fire exits and photoluminescent exit signs are paramount to fire safety in sleeping areas. If the room only has a single exit, then a sign is not necessary within the room itself. However, one must be easily visible and understandable from the doorway as the occupants leave. In public premises such as shopping centres or hotels it is highly recommended to fit illuminated fire exit signage as they drastically increase visibility. This is especially helpful if the emergency has caused a power failure to the normal lighting, helping to confidently direct guests and reduce risk of panic due to unfamiliarity with the environment.

Fire equipment signage, safety equipment signage, and general warning signs should also be considered based on the available equipment and risks in or near sleeping areas.

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Reviewed: 12/06/2023 (doc:81 V2.0). Our articles are reviewed regularly. However, any changes made to standards or legislation following the review date will not have been considered. Please note that we provide abridged, easy-to-understand guidance. To make detailed decisions about your fire safety provisions, you might require further advice or need to consult the full standards and legislation.


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