Evacuation Diagrams and Safety Signs for Schools

Keeping students, staff, and visitors safe

Creating, reviewing, and maintaining your building’s evacuation diagrams and safety signs is an extremely important part of ensuring staff, children and visitors can easily evacuate in the event of an emergency.

These measures are a great way for Early Childhood Educators and Child Care providers to fulfill their responsibilities for the health, safety, and wellbeing of the children in their care. It is also important to note that having these safety items installed in key locations such as near each exit of the premises is a must for any school or childcare location.

Why do we need emergency and evacuation floor plans?

According to the NSW Government’s education website, “…all children, staff and visitors of your service must be able to evacuate safely from its location if required. Evacuation diagrams support effective evacuation in an emergency and are commonly used as key tools in a building’s emergency management arrangements (per the Australian Standard AS3745:2010 planning for emergencies in facilities (AS3745))”.

The Education and Care Services National Regulation 97 requires services to have emergency and evacuation floor plans prominently displayed near each exit. Your site’s evacuation diagrams should be reviewed at least once every five years or when you have made a change to the layout of your service premises (e.g. through renovations or additions). Make sure to update the validity date on the diagram after you have finished your review, even if you have made no changes to the diagram.

An Exit or Final Exit is defined as being an exit to a place of safety outside the building.

Safety Signs

Signs placed around the school for safety purposes are generally placed at the entrance to a school or on the perimeter to provide information to the public. These signs may inform the viewer that the school property is not for public use, is a smoke-free zone, or even that standing, or parking is not permitted during school hours.

School safety sign visibility

Signs prohibiting something are easily recognised by a black symbol on a white background with a red annulus and back slash, for example a no skating sign. Other signs can be recognised by their black or red text on a white background.

School safety signs are vital to every school and an important part of keeping students, staff, and visitors safe on premises. Consider having signs that make safety fun, such as brightly crossing signs with reminders of how to cross safely and be aware of your surroundings, or reminding kids to ‘take care, stop, look & think when leaving the school’.

School safety sign visibility
Vehicle safety and access signs

Vehicle safety and access signs

Your safety signs could also state when vehicles are allowed on premise for things like delivery or parent pick up. It’s also important to make sure that your emergency assembly points have signs showing everyone where to go and assemble safely.

If your premise has appointed staff parking areas, having signs that let visitors know where they are not allowed to park directing them to where they can park will go a long way to making sure you’re limiting risk and therefore liability for the car parks.

First aid signs

Another very important safety sign to have installed around the premises is for the location of first aid kits and fire extinguishers. These are the most commonly needed pieces of safety equipment.

Other school safety signs

Other types of safety signs that you may consider for your school or childcare establishment:

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Can you be too safe?

If you’re not wrapping the kids in bubble wrap, it’s safe to say that installing safety signs and evacuation diagrams around the school in key locations is not being “too safe”. As a care provider or business owner you have a duty of care to the people in your buildings and ensuring that there is appropriate signage does that.

Having the signage showing where potential hazards may be, such as a caution sign on a stairwell that might be slippery when wet, will also decrease the chances of a lawsuit if an accident did occur.

Getting help with school safety signage

Whatever signage you need, from fire safety to prohibition or traffic to emergency information the staff at Safety Maps has the knowledge and expertise to ensure your school is fully decked out in all the appropriate safety needs. We can also help you create or update your evacuation diagrams and make sure they’ve been installed in all the appropriate locations across the premises.

If you’re looking for a company that is an industry graphics specialist who supplies visual solutions to their clients who require standards compliant signage, look no further than Safety Maps. With over 20 years of experience and a portfolio more than 5,000 project sites across all industries from hospitality to mining. Safety Maps is one of Australia’s most reputable safety signage companies.

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