Childcare Office

Fire Safety and Fire Risk Assessment

Cambridge Universities’ Holiday Playscheme (CUHP) complies with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The fire risk assessment will be based on The Department of Communities and Local Government 5-step guide:

  1. Identify potential fire hazards.
  2. Decide who, in the event of a fire, might be in danger in the workplace or while trying to escape from it, and note their location.
  3. Evaluate the risks arising from the hazards and decide whether existing fire precautions are adequate or whether more should be done to get rid of the hazard or to control the risks, e.g. by improving the fire precautions.
  4. Record the findings and details of the action taken as a result and tell employees about the findings.
  5. Keep the assessment under review and revise it when necessary (at least once a year).
  6. Nominating staff to check particular areas are clear (if safe to do so in the event of a real fire) and all children evacuated safely.

CUHP, will ensure the Fire Safety and Risk Assessment form is reviewed every Playscheme.

The Playscheme Co-ordinator will be responsible for:

  • Recording and sharing with colleagues: fire risk assessments, fire drills, incidents and actions identified.
  • Ensuring all staff have access to training opportunities on fire procedures and fire fighting equipment.
  • Carrying out regular fire drills to allow all children and adults to experience the evacuation process. Fire drills will be recorded and evaluated and different exit routes will be practiced.
  • CUHP will contact their local Fire and Rescue Service or the Health and Safety Department at the University of Cambridge for further advice and guidance.

General fire prevention precautions

  • Ensuring that power points are not overloaded with adaptors.
  • Equipment will be properly maintained and inspected in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. All electrical toys and equipment are subject to PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) annually.
  • Ensuring that the CUHP Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs Policy is observed.
  • Checking for frayed or trailing wires.
  • Checking that fuses are replaced safely.
  • Unplugging equipment before leaving the premises.
  • Storing any potentially flammable materials safely.

Staff are made aware of the location of fire exits, the fire assembly point and where fire safety equipment is stored. Where possible, staff will be trained to use basic fire fighting equipment such as extinguishers and fire blankets. In the event of a small fire, staff will only attempt to extinguish it if they feel confident to do so and they or others are in no imminent danger. Children will be made aware of the fire safety procedures during their settling in period and on regular occasions from then on. Children will be made aware of the location of fire exits and fire assembly point. Fire doors and fire exits are clearly marked and never locked, are not obstructed at any times, and are easily opened from the inside. Fire extinguishers and fire alarm systems are regularly tested in accordance with manufacturer's guidance. The assembly point will be risk assessed and moved when appropriate.

In the event of a fire

A member of staff will raise the alarm immediately and the emergency services will be called.

Children will be escorted out of the building and to the assembly point using the nearest safe fire exit. No attempt will be made to collect personal belongings, or to re-enter the building after evacuation.

A Site Co-ordinator will check the entire premises and the register and registration forms will be collected, providing that this does not put anyone at risk. On exiting the building, a Site Co-ordinator will close all accessible doors and windows to prevent the spread of fire. The register will be taken and all children and staff accounted for. If any person is missing from the register, the emergency services will be informed.

Policy reviewed 6 December 2011.