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External metal fire escape checksheet

External metal fire escape stairways and gantries can deteriorate to a dangerous state if left unchecked.  Our checksheet covers the problems to look out for.

Why do you need it?

This type of structure is often out of sight at the rear of the building and used only occasionally during fire drills, or perhaps by staff smoking cigarettes. As a result they can be allowed to rust to the point where accidents occur and restoration becomes impossible or very expensive. To ensure that yours doesn’t suffer this fate, use our External Metal Fire Escape Checksheet.

How to use this form?

Our document contains a set of twelve questions which you should answer by marking the adjacent “Yes”, “No” or “N/A” (not applicable). In addition there’s a column marked “F/I” (further information). Use this to show that you have entered additional comments at the end of the form.

Once completed, the assessor signs and dates the document and suggests a date for the next inspection. Actions arising from the inspection should be written on page two.

Provided that you have the correct processes* in place for checking fire escape routes and emergency lighting, a formal check of your metal fire escape can be undertaken every six to twelve months. You should assess the frequency required based on the likelihood of safety issues developing. For example, if there are wooden surfaces which could become slippery, a more frequent inspection is advisable.

*Note. Weekly checks of all exit doors and routes and monthly testing of emergency lighting.