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August 13, 2013

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A symbolic presence when escaping fire

In an effort to make fire safety and notices easier to understand for both the fire trade and members of the public, the Fire Industry Association (FIA) has released a new guide on fire safety signs and notices.

The FIA says fire safety signs should be reviewed periodically to ensure they continue to support the fire safety strategy for a premises.

The guide has been launched to help building managers, facility managers, duty-holders, responsible persons and FIA members understand what is required, giving examples of what signs should be used.

The guidance is divided into two parts: fire-exit and escape-route signs; and other fire safety signs and notices.

The first section explains what duty-holders should look out for — eg. all evacuation signs should be conspicuous and legible within the environment. Examples of standardised escape-route signs are also included.

The second section presents the legal requirements for fire safety information, including:

  • typical emergency evacuation-area/equipment signs;
  • fire-alarm call point signs, fire-action notices, fire-extinguisher identification notices;
  • fire-fighting equipment, fire safety notices; and
  • management of risk/prohibitive-action combination signs.

The guide, which also covers the standards that signs should meet, is available to download for free at

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