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Dental mythbuster 21: Fire safety

  • Organisations we regulate

We will review the topic of fire safety when look at the safe key question.

Fire safety relates to regulation 15: premises and equipment and regulation 12: safe care and treatment. It is covered by these key lines of enquiry:

  • S5: How well are potential risks to the service anticipated and planned for in advance?
  • S3: What systems, processes and practices are in place to keep people safe and safeguard them from abuse?
  • W1: Do the governance arrangements ensure that responsibilities are clear, quality and performance are regularly considered, and risks are identified, understood and managed?

Fire safety requirements at registration

When we make a registration site visit, we ask:

  • Are there arrangements in place to provide safe and effective care in the event of a failure in major utilities, fire, flood or other emergencies?
  • How are staff, people who use services and others provided with information on the risks to their health and safety, protective measures and what to do in the event of an emergency, for example fire?

We will also check these documents:

  • fire risk assessment
  • plans for emergency evacuation
  • details of fire training for staff
  • building control certificate
  • utilities and equipment installation certificates, for example, gas, electric, lifts

How we assess fire safety in our inspections

When we inspect, we ask providers and staff about fire safety, and may review fire safety policies, certificates and records. This includes checking:

  • premises are free from fire hazards
  • there are clear evacuation paths (especially for someone who has a physical or sensory impairment)
  • fire exits are clear, signposted, and accessible
  • staff are aware of the protocol for emergency procedures.
  • a fire risk assessment has been carried out (date it was written, any action plan and review date)
  • there is a business continuity plan that includes fire risks) together with confirmation of who the responsible person is
  • a fire precautions log book is completed and up to date(checks on exits, alarms, lights, signage and extinguishers)
  • there are records of:
    • staff training and drills (training on induction and further training and drills at least annually)
    • testing and maintenance of firefighting equipment(extinguishers)
    • testing and maintenance of all fire safety systems (fire alarms, emergency lighting, mains electrical wiring, gas safety certificate and PAT testing certificate)

Further guidance

Last updated:
29 June 2018