The NCNA does not give advice on Fire Safety in individual cases. Therefore the following information is a guideline only. Nurseries may request an inspection from the local fire officer, who may require further measures to be implemented. The Fire Services Act 1981 imposes a duty on those in control of premises to take "all reasonable measures to guard against the outbreak of fire on such premises and to ensure as far as is reasonably practicable, the safety of persons on the premises in the event of an outbreak of fire." The Dept of the Environment will be issuing new guidelines in relation to fire safety in pre-school services. You may find the Code of Practice for the management of Fire Safety in Places of Assembly' helpful under this Fire Safety Section. Available from Government Publications, Sun Alliance House, Molesworth St., Dublin 2.

(a) Escape routes and exit doors should be maintained free from obstruction so that they can be safely and effectively used at all times.
(b) A fire blanket and adequate fire extinguishers should be provided, properly inspected and maintained. Staff should be trained to use this equipment. A record of inspection and maintenance of this equipment should be kept.
(c) Fire detection and alarm systems should be fitted.
(d) Staff and, as far as is practicable, children should be familiar with emergency procedure. These should be written up and posted conspicuously in each room and practised regularly. Records of fire drills should be kept, noting numbers in building and how long evacuation took.
(e) All flammable materials (oils, polish, etc.) should be safely stored outside of the children's areas. Waste should be promptly disposed of and, in general, precautions should be taken to ensure the prevention of occurrences likely to constitute a fire hazard.
(f) Daily attendance records should be kept.
(g) Materials contained in bedding and the internal furnishing of the premises should have adequate fire retarding properties and have low levels of toxicity when on fire.

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