Fire Safety information
In this section we will provide a very brief introduction to the University’s approach to safety management, and outline the supporting services provided by the Safety and Environment team.
The ‘fresh approach’ and our role
Our first principle is that the Safety and Environment team are here to support the University, its staff and students in ensuring that they are able to work and undertake their studies in a safe, healthy and sustainable environment. All of our activities are designed to support this aim, and to assist the University in providing Affordable, Quality Education for all.
The Vice Chancellor states his personal commitment to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all staff and students through his Health, Safety and Fire Safety Policy Statement .
To enable it to enact the VC's policy statement the University has adopted a Health, Safety and Fire Management System (SMS). This SMS provides an overview of how the University manages safety and the actions required to ensure that risks are identified and adequately managed.
In support of this management system, the University is in the process of developing and adopting a series of mandatory Safety Standards. These standards are available from the Safety Standards Library with each document focused on a different area of risk. These Standards provide detailed information regarding individual responsibilities for safety within the University.
As well as developing the strategic policy and approach to safety management, the Safety and Environment team are here to provide support, guidance and advice to staff on the implementation of the SMS and its supporting Standards, to assist line managers and staff in the undertaking of the more specialised risk assessments as well as to provide or source health, safety and fire safety training.
Common causes of causing a fire
Students’ lifestyles, particularly in halls of residence, leave them vulnerable to fires. Some of these scenarios may sound familiar:
- Having a drink stood on a table next to your stereo, laptop and or TV.
- Patching up old and dangerous electrical equipment, to avoid having to pay for new items.
- Lighting a candle or incense stick, then being distracted by a flat-mate inviting you to their room for a drink.
- Rushing out of the door when you’re late, leaving hair straighteners switched on and laying on the carpet.
- Even having a last cigarette before bed and falling asleep while it’s alight!
All of these can lead to fires, particularly when items are left unattended. If you’re in the room you might get away with some singed valuables, if you’ve left the room you could lose everything to fire and put people’s lives in danger.
In a lot of student accommodation the fire alarms go off frequently and in the middle of the night. Please don’t ignore or even try to disable these alarms; always follow the evacuation procedure - you never know how close to you or how big the fire is
Photo: The aftermath of a fire in a London Met student's room, caused by a candle left burning.