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Currently, fire drills are carried out at UCL buildings annually in October, which means that there is increasing disruption to UCL staff, students and visitors at an already extremely busy time of the year. Therefore, UCL is changing the way that we carry out fire drills from autumn 2017.

All UCL buildings are given a fire safety category. The higher the category, the more frequently you will undertake fire training with frequency depending on the category of your building

  • Category 1 buildings will be fire risk assessed and you should complete refresher training - every four years;
  • Category 2 buildings will be fire risk assessed and you should complete refresher training - every three years;
  • Category 3 buildings will be fire risk assessed and you should complete refresher training - every two years;

Category 3 Buildings - fire drills will be carried out during October and November 2017, occurring at five minutes to the hour, at unannounced times to ensure a realistic evaluation of our emergency plans.

Other Building Fire Safety Categories - a sample of other buildings will also receive fire drills between September and November, and, again certain members of staff will be informed, although the time and date of the drill will not be published publicly. Over the course of the remainder of the academic year, other UCL buildings will be subject to fire evacuation drills, under the same arrangements as above.

Special Instructions for Activities under the Control of the Home Office - if you are carrying out Home Office controlled activities or procedures, then BSU managers will be informed in advance of the fire drills. If you are working in a designated Home Office room or areas you should check with your BSU Manager or your local NACWO for information.During a fire drill you will be authorised to be exempt from participation in the fire drill (but you should inform local Fire Evacuation Marshals (FEMs) that you are remaining in the building for the drill).

Fire drills are important exercises and ensure that everybody knows where their fire exit routes are and how to get outside safely. They also provide an opportunity for Fire Evacuation Marshals to exercise their duties and report any problems.

Please ensure that, whenever a fire alarm activates at UCL (unless it is a weekly test for a short time ⚊ see TN062 for weekly fire alarm test schedule), you take the correct action and evacuate the building as quickly as possible, and where necessary carrying out any duties expected of you and informed to you under your departmental arrangements, such as shutting down equipment or experiments, or performing fire marshal duties.

Thank you in anticipation of your assistance in maintaining a fire safe environment.

UCL Fire Safety Team





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