A Guide to Safe Practice in Art & Design

4.7   Fire Precautions

Day-to-day maintenance of the building and equipment to ensure fire safety are the ultimate responsibility of management. But all staff and pupils must be thoroughly familiar with the fire drill and understand the use of fire extinguishers, fire blankets and sand pails. These appliances should be kept inside the workroom as near to the door as possible, but remote from the area of the room where the fire risk is greatest. Rags, cotton waste, polyurethane foam and similar materials are a potential danger and should not be allowed to accumulate or be stored near naked flames or very hot objects. Aerosol containers should not be stored near naked flames or very hot objects, nor should they be punctured, even when empty. Some local authorities issue guidance to schools about the storage of flammable materials, including some adhesives, many solvents, finishes and other fluids, and cylinder gases. These should be followed at all times. Storage for bulk stocks differs from that necessary for smaller quantities in daily use.

Activities within practical areas, or displays of work (for example, on open days), should never obstruct access to fire escape routes or emergency exits.