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As an employer you have a legal duty to carry out a fire risk assessment. Part of this involves ensuring that everyone in your workplace can escape and reach a place of safety in the event of an emergency.
If your premises are small and the layout is simple, the normal entrances and exits may be sufficient. There should be no possibility of anyone getting cut off by smoke or flames before they can make their escape.
If nobody sleeps on the premises and the risk of fire is considered to be normal then 18 metres is the furthest people should normally be expected to travel in one direction. This travel distance may be exceeded but further fire safety provisions will be needed.
Escape routes need to be much more sophisticated in larger buildings with more complex floor plans. If there is a fire, people should be able to turn their back on it, wherever it is, and move away to a safe place outside the building.
If there are two or more escape routes, care should be taken so that smoke and flames can't affect more than one route at the same time.
The fire safety logbook and maintenance record should remain on your premises at all times. The register will assist you in proving compliance with your legal responsibilities in relation to fire safety and should be completed following the inspection, test and maintenance of any of the items required by the legislation.
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