Fire Safety in Schools

A large school fire devastates, it's aftermath lingers for years and approximately 90,000 pupils a year have their learning disrupted due to fire damage to classrooms and school property. The long term disruption that follows puts staff and pupils under stress and imposes large financial, educational and administrative costs. It is a price that no school can afford to pay. However, while no school is immune from the risk of fire, the chances of it happening can be reduced or, if the worst does occur, losses to be kept to a minimum.

The statistics relating to fire in school premises make a convincing argument for raising fire safety awareness in schools:
  • There are 32,000 schools in the UK and between 2004 - 2007, 4000 fires were attended by local fire and rescue services
  • The DCLG state that the cost of fires to schools was £58 million per year from 2004 - 2007
  • The cost of arson to schools was £70 million in 2008 - suggesting fire and arson is a growing problem
  • The NUT estimated the cost of school fires to be in the region of £100 million
  • Only 400 of 32,000 school are fitted with sprinklers
  • 2,700 school fires are started deliberately every year - the perpetrators are often past or present pupils
  • In 2006, six fires resulted in damage of £1 million each
  • 40 to 50 fires are termed serious each year, involving insured building losses in excess of £50,000. Around 20 of these involve losses over £50,000