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									McMillan Children’s Centre


Fire evacuation policy


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The evacuation signal is a continuous ringing of the fire alarm.

In the event of an emergency evacuation, children will be taken from the building by nursery /
Centre staff to the assembly point to await clearance for the safe return to nursery.

Nursery / Centre staff are made aware of emergency call points, evacuation routes and
locations, and the purpose of the various types of fire equipment as part of the induction
process. Regular Fire Evacuation practices are carried out to ensure that all staff are aware of
procedures and to check that procedures and facilities remain appropriate. It is also important
that young children have opportunities to experience calm evacuation.

If possible, on discovering a fire, staff will use the nearest emergency call point to raise the
alarm whilst taking care not to endanger either themselves or the children.

The fire alarm incorporates a direct link to CIVIC 1
NS independent system
Minimac link to CIVIC1

When the alarm is activated children, parents and staff should be evacuated in a calm, swift
manner as follows

Daycare nursery procedure
  1. The Room Leader collects the register from their room, leads the children to the fire
      assembly point and checks the names against the register.
  2. The Admin Office and Nursery Manager put out the fire evacuation trolley. The Admin
      Officer then proceeds to the Baby Room to help with evacuation of the babies,
      collecting the Visitors Book and Staff Signing in book on the way out.
  3. All other staff will support the evacuation of children from their base rooms and
      assemble on 21st Avenue to await clearance from the Fire Warden for the safe return
      to the nursery.
  4. The Fire Wardens check their allocated areas (in the absence of the fire warden, the
      named Deputy Fire Warden will undertake these checks).
   5. The Nursery Manager then checks the staff office, staff toilets, kitchen and dining
      room before leaving the building through the back fire exit.



Nursery school procedure
      1. One member of each class team takes the registers and leads the children out of
         the nearest fire exit and to the closest designated fire assembly point. The second
         member of staff accompanies the leader and the children and assists with checking
         names against the registers.
      2. The third member of staff checks the classroom is empty before joining the children
         at the fire assembly point.
      3. The admin staff in Reception, collect visitors book and signing in book, and
         assemble at the front of the building. On hearing the fire alarm, Admin staff should
         immediately call the Fire Brigade.
      4. The Headteacher then confirms with each class team that all children are present;
         and check with Admin Officer that all visitors are accounted for.
      5. The Headteacher will give clearance to all classes and staff if it is safe to return to
         the building.

   Training Base / NHFRC/ Other New Building users
   Staff leading sessions are responsible for ensuring that all members of their group have
   left the building and assembled at the fire evacuation point (using registers where
   applicable) & checking the building.
   All other members of staff working in the building are responsible for ensuring they leave
   promptly.
   NHFRC staff are responsible for ensuring that all clients have left the building and
   assembled at the fire evacuation point (using registers where applicable) & checking the
   building.
   Fire evacuation chair for disables users is located in the NHFRC upstairs. NHFRC staff
   are trained to operate this and are responsible for evacuating any disabled users using
   this method.
   Any disabled users in the Training Base will wait at the designated Refuge Area at the top
   of the back stairs. Staff members or users should not attempt to evacuate wheelchair
   users via the back stairs, but reassure and explain that Fire Officers will do this evacuation
   when they arrive.
   Nursery manager and Fire Wardens must inform the Fire Officers of the Refuge point and
   remind them to check this area first.

   Minimac building
   Staff leading sessions are responsible for ensuring that all members of their group have
   left the building and assembled at the fire evacuation point (using registers where
   applicable).
   Midwives and other users of the building are responsible for ensuring that all clients have
   left the building and assembled at the fire evacuation point (using registers where
   applicable).
   Admin. Officer should collect all signing in information on leaving the building & check that
   all visitors are accounted for.
Centre staff will not
      - stop to gather personal belongings
      - re-enter the building unless permitted to do so by an authorised Fire Warden or Fire
          Officer

Once children have been safely returned to the building following an evacuation or drill, any
concerns that staff have regarding the evacuation should be reported to a member of the
Centre Leadership Team. These will be recorded in the Fire Log and addressed as
appropriate. A member of the Centre Leadership Team will also record the date, time and
duration of the evacuation along with the number of staff, children and visitors on the
premises at the time.

The Site Facilities Officer is responsible for carrying out regular checks of :

Fire Equipment (monthly)
Fire Call Point (weekly)
Door release mechanisms (weekly)
Sounders (weekly)
Visual alarm lights (Baby Room & Disabled Toilets
Emergency Lighting (monthly)

Checks of Fire Safety Equipment is carried out under contract with the Fire Service (annually)

KWL check: emergency lighting (every 6 months)

John Moores check :
Fire Alarm in New Building (Quarterly)
Detectors (Quarterly)
Sounders (Quarterly)
Door release mechanisms (Quarterly)
Visual alarm lights (Baby Room & Disabled Toilets) (Quarterly)

Checks & records are recorded in the Fire Log book maintained by the SSFO, stored in
Reception in Nursery School, Daycare, Minimac

Approved Nov 2009

								
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