Ashfords legal, professional and regulatory services experts offer advice on how to keep your pupils safe in the event of a fire, and what to do to ensure you are meeting regulations on fire safety in schools…

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June last year, the importance of  fire safety systems has come in to focus.

One sector reviewing this area is education.  Many school buildings have cladding which is not fire resistant and contains asbestos. Often, schools are not fitted with sprinkler systems.

Fire doors are designed to prevent the spread of smoke, flames and toxic gases throughout a building in the event of a fire. Therefore, when a fire door is held open, or is faulty, fire can quickly pass through the building, blocking escape routes and endangering lives.

A quick fire door checklist: