Edinburgh Dental Institute

Fire Safety

Instructions for all on fire safety and management.

NHS Lothian - Fire Training On-site Open Sessions 2020

Venue – PAEP Lower Ground Floor Seminar Room,  10.00am - 11.00pm for one hour  

FIRE TRAINING SESSIONS OPEN TO ALL STAFF AND STUDENTS

Fire training sessions 2020
Thursday 30th January 2020 
Thursday 27th February 2020
Thursday 26th March 2020
Thursday 30th April 2020
Thursday 28th May 2020
Thursday 25th June 2020
Thursday 20th July 2020
Thursday 27th August 20120
Thursday 24th September 2020
Thursday 29th October 2020
Thursday 26th November 2020
Thursday 31st December 2020
Please let Jackie McGurk/Helen Cullion know that you have attended a lecture

STAFF MUST BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING;

 

AT YOUR WORKPLACE:-

  1. The locations of Fire Alarm Call Point. – WHERE TO RAISE THE FIRE ALARM.
  2. The locations of Portable Fire Fighting Equipments. – THE LOCATIONS AND TYPES OF PFE.
  3. The location of the Fire Assemble Point. AT A PLACE OF ULTIMATE SAFETY IN FRESH AIR.
  4. Protected route to Fire Assembly Point. AS SIGNED THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING TO THE ASSEMBLY POINT.

You will receive training and details of the nearest alarms, fire fighting equipemnt and exit and assembly points but if you are unsure please ask the Business manager who will be able to point these out to you.

FIRE ALARM TESTING:-

The fire alarms will be tested every week, Lauriston Building is every Wednesday commencing 0900hrs:-

The alarms will be signalled by Electronic Sounder and may sometimes be accompanied by a Strobe light.  Please become familiar with the local alarm system.  If you are concerned that your work area alarm is not being tested regularly please report this to the Business Manager.

Individuals are well advised to know the location of the fire fighting equipment in their area to know on what type of fire each piece of equipment can be used and how each should be used.  It is mandatory to attend the local fire lecture.

Whenever fire fighting equipment has been used, an immediate report must be made to the local Safety Adviser or to the University Fire Officer, so that the equipment may be recharged or replaced. To be made good within 48 hours since used as a legal requirement.

EMERGENCY FIRE EVACUATION ACTION PLAN:-

Staff must be aware of the directing instruction contained within the workplace Evac-Plan.

Means of Escape

It is essential that the means of escape from a building should function efficiently. Exit doors should be fastened so that they can be easily and immediately opened from the inside without the use of keys. Exit routes must not be obstructed or used as storage areas. Portable heating equipment or other sources of ignition must not be used in any part of an exit route.

Fire doors play an important role in the precautionary system; their purpose is to contain the fire, and to prevent the spread of smoke and toxic gases, which can be lethal even in small quantities.  Fire doors must not be propped or wedged open; to prop open a fire door can cost lives if a fire breaks out. In addition, all fire/smoke doors should be closed when buildings are empty.

All personnel are well advised to become familiar with as many as possible of the exit and escape routes from the building in which they normally work. Lifts must not be used in the event of a fire.

Mobility Impaired Persons

Local Fire Stewards should all be involved in making appropriate arrangements for assisting mobility impaired persons evacuation in the event of a fire or other emergency.

In patient areas staff may be required to assist with the Evacuation of Mobility Impaired Persons.

  • Buildings should have effective exit routes for mobility-impaired persons.
  • Staff in those buildings should have procedures for ensuring that mobility impaired persons are evacuated.
  • The mobility impaired persons themselves should know what procedures are in place for their evacuation in any building in which they are working or studying.
  • When working or studying outside normal hours mobility impaired persons must inform security of their whereabouts, to enable them to notify the Fire Brigade in the case of an emergency.
  • University policy is that any mobility impaired person should be accommodated in area from which they can evacuate themselves to a place of safety.

Fire Fighting Equipment

There are currently four types of fire extinguishers provided by NHSL.   Each has a specific range of use and each is located adjacent to the related fire risk.

There are generally two types of extinguisher available at Fire Points, the extinguishing media used are: Aquuating Film Foam Mix, Carbon Dioxide. The combinations of these two fire fighting media will extinguish the potential fire type and generally A & B Type Fires. satisfy will vaporising liquid and dry powder. Appendix 2 gives specific details of which extinguisher should be used for each type of fire.  All fire extinguishers are now under the EEC regulation be red, but the external appearance of each type of extinguisher is different and each carries its own instructions for use. In certain buildings, hose reels are also provided. Fire blankets are provided in some locations and should be used for smothering fires involving flammable liquids or burning clothing.

Individuals are well advised to know the location of the fire fighting equipment in their area to know on what type of fire each piece of equipment can be used and how each should be used.  It is mandatory to attend the local fire lecture.

Whenever fire fighting equipment has been used, an immediate report must be made to the local Safety Adviser or to the University Fire Officer, so that the equipment may be recharged or replaced.

Tackling a Fire

In all buildings, protection of human life must take priority over fighting fires. The person discovering a fire must promptly initiate the emergency procedures of raising the alarm. If possible, and without endangering personal safety, attempts can be made to contain and control a fire until the Fire Brigade arrives. Make sure that you use the correct type of fire extinguisher.  The wrong choice can turn a minor incident into a major event. Delay can be fatal as, once a fire is out of control, it can spread rapidly and cut off escape routes.  Always remember to take a position between the fire and the exit so that your escape route cannot be cut off. Be aware of what is happening in the surrounding area and take account of your own limitations. If possible, always make sure that someone else knows that you are tackling the fire.

Under no circumstances attempt to contain a blaze unless you are entirely confident that the fire can be extinguished immediately

After a Fire

Even if a fire appears to have been successfully extinguished by staff, it will still be necessary to ask the Fire Brigade to check that the fire has not unknowingly spread, and that materials or the building fabric cannot re-ignite.

Fire Drills and fire Training

The hospital the fire alarm system is regularly sounded at a pre-arranged time.  At least once a year, a fire drill will be organised in your area.  The Fire Officer will provide you with clear instruction of how to evacuate the building in a safe and orderly fashion.

 

All staff, students and visitors must attend a fire lecture given by the NHS Lothian Fire Officer.  Attendance at these lectures is mandatory and attendance recorded.  

If you have any concerns about your safety or the fire procedures in Edinburgh Dental Institute or the Lauriston Building please contact the Business Manager.