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Fire is probably the most serious danger which most members of the University will ever have to face. It can break out almost anywhere and affects everyone.

4.1 Fire Action: On discovering a fire

In the event of a fire follow the instructions that are given in the Fire Action Notices that are displayed throughout the buildings.

If you discover a fire:
NEVER attempt to tackle a fire yourself unless you have been trained in the use of fire extinguishers and feel confident that you can do so without endangering the safety of yourself and others.

4.2 Fire Action: On hearing the fire alarm
Specially designed fire-fighting lifts can be used to assist in evacuation of mobility impaired persons the procedures for which are outlined in 4.5.

4.3 Means of Escape

The Forum has three main escape stairs within the fire cores at the north-west and south-east corners of the building, and at the south end of the Life Sciences Wing. In the event of an emergency evacuation only those protected stairs should be used, as fire curtains situated around the atrium will automatically drop to form a fire barrier preventing access to the atrium main and spiral stairwells from the floor levels. If you are on these stairwells when the fire alarm sounds then immediately proceed downwards. This is particularly important on the spiral stair (between levels 2 and 4) where the fire curtain at level 2 has a built in delay mechanism to allow just 1 minute for the safe escape from the stair before closing. The building has two emergency evacuation lifts, which require to be operated by trained personnel. Assembly point is either Bristo Square, or George Square garden.

Appleton Tower has two main stairs located in the east and west ends of the building either of which can be used in the event of an emergency evacuation. assembly point is currently across the street at the Informatics Forum

Wilkie Building has two main exits located in the east and west ends of the building and one ground floor side exit, any of which can be used in the event of an emergency evacuation. Assembly point is at the north end of the quadrangle, by the McEwan Hall.

Forrest Hill has two main exits, one being the front door (accessed from the main, or north side stair) and the other being through 41 Forrest Road, via the level 1 computing lab (ex-Drill Hall). This location also has an emergency evacuation lift, for the evacuation of those who can not manage stairs (requires a trained evac team to operate). Assembly point is at the end of Forrest Hill lane, by Sandy Bell's pub.

15SCS has two main exit stairs located in the east and west ends of the building at the front and two similar stairs at the back, any of which can be used in the event of an emergency evacuation. Asembly point is beside the underpass, by the museum at the top of the street.

4.4 Duties of Fire Stewards, Fire Controllers and Fire Co-ordinators

The list of the fire stewards, fire controllers and fire co-ordinators for all buildings can be found at:

Instructions for Fire Stewards

As a Fire Steward you should be familiar with:
Report any problems concerned with fire safety to the School's Health and Safety Adviser. 

On hearing the fire alarm:
Instructions for Fire Controllers

On hearing the fire alarm:
If the building does not have a Fire Co-ordinator then the Fire Controller should:

Instructions for Fire Co-ordinators

On hearing the fire alarm:


4.5 Emergency Evacuation Procedure for Mobility Impaired Persons

4.5.1 Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEP)

The School, or your Personal Tutor (in the case of undergrad students) in conjunction with other University parties, will organise a Personal Emergency Assistance Plan (PEAP) for each individual who requires assistance or special arrangements during an emergency evacuation. Staff and postgraduate students who are mobility impaired or have other impairments e.g. hearing or sight impairment and would require assistance in the event of an emergency evacuation should notify the School Safety Manager. Undergraduate students should contact Gillian Watt who is the School's Co-ordinator of Adjustments for Students. This also applies in circumstances where an individual may need a temporary PEAP e.g. those with broken limbs, sport injuries or women in the later stages of pregnancy.

Persons hosting short term visitors who would require assistance during emergency evacuation of the building must ensure that they have an evacuation procedure and the relevant manual help in place in advance of their visit. This is particularly important if the visitor is in the building outside normal working hours when fire safety cover is not available.

Information about these polices can be found in part two of the University Health and Safety Policy and at:

Further information is also available from the Disability Office

4.5.2 Evacuation Procedure for Mobility Impaired People

Instructions for Mobility Impaired Persons

On hearing the fire alarm:
Instructions for Recovery Team Members

On hearing the fire alarm:

4.6 Weekly Fire Alarm Testing and Fire Drills

Tests on the fire alarm system are carried out on a weekly basis to ensure that the system is operational and that doors fitted with hold open devices and security devices operate as required on actuation of the alarm. No one is required to evacuate a building during a fire alarm test unless the sounders sound for more than 30 seconds. On all other occasions of the fire alarm activation the premises must be evacuated.
Fire Test Times in the following building are:
No one should tamper with the Fire Alarm System (or other alarm system). It is a serious offence and penalties are severe.

Fire Drills take place in each building at least once a year to rehearse the full evacuation procedure and to identify any weakness in the evacuation strategy.

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