Fire Safety

Gosforth Park Out of School Club

Fire Safety and Risk Assessment


Gosforth Park Out of School Club understands the importance of fire safety. To this end:

  • Staff are aware of the location of all fire exits, the fire assembly point and where fire safety equipment is
  • Children are introduced to the fire safety procedures during their settling in period and through regular fire
  • Fire drills are conducted at least once a month or whenever new staff or children join the club.
  • All children are shown the location of fire exits and the fire assembly
  • Fire doors and fire exits are clearly marked, are not obstructed at any time and are easily opened from the
  • Fire doors are kept closed at all times but never
  • Fire extinguishers, fire alarms and smoke alarms are regularly tested by the school.
  • All fire drills are recorded in the Fire Drill Log.
  • The Club has notices explaining the fire procedures which are positioned next to every fire exit.


Fire prevention

The Club will take all steps possible to prevent fires occurring by:

  • Ensuring that power points are not overloaded with
  • Ensuring that the Club’s No Smoking policy is always
  • Checking for frayed or trailing
  • Checking that fuses are replaced
  • Unplugging all equipment before leaving the premises except the fridge.
  • Storing any potentially flammable materials


In the event of a fire

  • A member of staff will raise the alarm and call the emergency
  • The children will immediately be escorted out of the building to the assembly point using the nearest marked
  • No attempt will be made to collect personal belongings, or to re-enter the building after evacuation.
  • The premises will be checked by the Fire Safety Officer and the register will be collected, providing that it is safe to do
  • The Fire Safety Officer will close all doors and windows to prevent the spread of fire when they leave the building if it is safe to do
  • The register will be taken and all children and staff accounted
  • If anyone is missing from the register, the emergency services will be
  • If the register is not available the manager will use the emergency contacts list (which is kept off the premises) to contact parents or
  • If the Fire Safety Officer is not present at the time of the incident, the manager will assume responsibility or nominate a replacement member of


Responsibilities of the Fire Safety Officer

The Club’s Designated Fire Safety Officer is Val Fullen. The Fire Safety Officer is responsible for carrying out the fire safety risk assessment and for ensuring that all staff are made aware of fire safety procedures during their Induction period.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires that a fire safety risk assessment is undertaken for the workplace based on The Department of Communities and Local Government’s 5 step guide: step-checklist.pdf. The risk assessment should cover:

  • Identifying potential fire risks
  • Identifying people at risk
  • Evaluating the risks arising from the hazards identified and the means of minimising those risks
  • Recording the hazards, preparing a fire prevention plan and sharing these with other members ofstaff
  • Reviewing the fire safety risk assessment on a regular

The Fire Safety Officer should liaise with the local Fire and Rescue Service for further advice and should ensure that Emergency Contact details are recorded at the front of the register and a copy stored off premises.