This page is designed to answer the following questions:
- 7.3 Explain the importance of maintaining clear evacuation routes at all times (Level 2 Diploma in Care, Health, safety and wellbeing in care settings)
- 7.4 Ensure clear evacuation routes are maintained at all times (Level 3 Diploma in Adult Care, Promote health, safety and wellbeing in care settings)
Fire can spread very quickly, so it is important that when a fire breaks out that people can evacuate the building as quickly as possible.
If the route out of the building is blocked or even just partially blocked, it can prolong evacuation times as people may need to move things out of the way or avoid objects. It may also lead to accidents such as trips and falls as people try to leave the building.
Therefore, it is essential that all fire doors and evacuation routes are kept free from obstruction and clutter, especially in corridors is kept to a minimum.
If you observe a blocked fire exit or obstructed fire route, you should inform your manager as soon as possible.