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The law for the installation of fire signage is written in the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996, in relation to Means of Escape, Fire Action Notices and Fire ID signage. If you do not have the correct signage, this will be reported in your fire risk assessment and you can then install the correct signs; this is a legal requirement.

There are many requirements when it comes to fire signage.


  • Escape routes must be obvious.
    • An escape route should be able to be seen from anywhere within a room; if it is not, signs must indicate the way.
    • When reaching an escape route, signs must indicate the correct and safe way out of the building to ensure that evacuees avoid confusion and go the wrong way.
    • If a sign or doorway is obscured from view, a second sign should be installed. Sometimes, suspended signs are easier to see.
  • The escape route signage system should show the shortest possible escape route.
  • All changes of directions should be clearly marked with signs, prior to their appearance; the door or junction should also be obviously marked to indicate the correct place to change direction.
  • Doors that could be mistaken for an escape route should be clearly labeled, e.g. stockroom.
  • The final exit sign indicating the exit to the building should not show an arrow; the running man must run in the direction of the door.
  • Fire Exit and Exit for Emergency Use Only signs should only be shown on doors which are otherwise unused and provided specifically for emergency evacuation.
  • Where possible, signs should always be positioned at the same height.
  • All signs should be of the same style, e.g. British and European standard signs should not be shown in the same building to avoid confusion.
  • Emergency signs should be shown in green.
  • Signs for the Fire Service should be shown in red.

All fire equipment should be labeled correctly. This applies to anything from fire doors to fire extinguishers; they should be labeled with instructions on how to handle them, e.g. “Fire Door Keep Closed.”


Most fire safety equipment will already be labeled when it is installed but this should always be checked in a fire risk assessment.


Our expert team can inspect your property and determine where you are missing important signage in order to help put you and your staff at ease in case of emergency.

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