A church, no matter the congregation to which it belongs, is regularly packed with people because it is a place where people gather to worship and socialize afterwards. In most areas throughout the UK, the town church and the adjacent office and hall, even serve the purpose of being a meeting place for various social and church-based activities. Therefore, just like in an office, there are many people within a church area at any given time. To ensure the utmost protection of those who commune in faith and in brotherhood, there is thus a need to have a complete church fire safety plan in place. Here are the four components of a complete fire prevention and safety plan.
A comprehensive and detailed plan
No one knows how or when a fire may break out. Given the terrible consequences of large fires-both in terms of loss of lives and damage to properties-officials supervising any public building, including churches, must have in place a comprehensive safety plan that covers basic fire safety lectures (including topics such as the fire triangle, types of fire, etc.), fire prevention, firefighting equipment, routine checkups, the use of proper materials, a complete fire escape route, and the like. This may also include trainings and fire drills as mandated by UK laws.
A complete set of fire safety signs
In cases of emergency, people within the premises must be able to locate proper safety signs placed in strategic locations throughout the area. Examples include safety signs showing the location of equipment, such as fire extinguishers and fire blankets. These signs must also be able to show where a fire alarm or a fire escape is. Without proper signs showing where fire alarms are, those who are able to locate a fire will not be able to warn others in the building right away. Likewise, if there are no fire escape signs, the occupants will not be able to see their way outside. To ensure complete church safety, these fire safety signs should conform to standards set by the UK government.
A complete set of firefighting equipment
Of course, church fire safety could not be achieved without the proper set of equipment. These firefighting equipment primarily include proper fire extinguishers that are meant for common fires involving paper and wood, because these are commonly found materials inside the church and adjacent premises. In addition, the set of passive firefighting equipment includes smoke alarms, insulated doors and walls, sprinklers, and the like. These pieces of equipment should also be properly installed or stored as mandated by UK laws.
Proper fire safety training
For churches that employ several people to run its functions smoothly, there is a need to have these employees undergo basic fire safety training. The main reason behind this is to arm them with basic information and skills they need to have and develop to be able to prevent fires or control them in worse conditions. They must know when and how to use equipment found throughout the area. In addition, church fire safety training also calls for knowledge of basic information about the fire triangle, the types of fires and fire extinguishers to be used, and how to recognize fire safety signs and symbols that should be installed throughout the premises as mandated by The Order.