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Fire Safety in Leisure Centres and Gyms

Jul 10, 2023 | Fire Safety

Fire safety in Leisure and Gyms

Fire safety must always be a priority in any public place. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 makes it clear what is expected of every British business when it comes to fire protection. But there are some locations that present particular difficulties. And if you run a leisure centre or gym, it’s not always easy to know how to manage compliance and keep your customers and employees safe. So, in this post, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about fire safety in leisure centres and gyms.


What Measures Are Required to Ensure Fire Safety in Leisure Centres and Gyms?

There are three key areas of focus when reviewing fire safety procedures in gyms and leisure centres.


Fire risk assessment

All UK businesses are legally obliged to have an up-to-date fire risk assessment. This is a document devised to help you accurately take stock of any potential fire hazards on your premises. And enable you to take any relevant precautions. While you can work from your own fire risk assessment checklist, in most instances businesses are advised to have an initial professional fire risk assessment made. This will ensure that nothing is overlooked in your subsequent monthly checks.


Fire safety equipment

Leisure centres and gyms require a core set of fire safety equipment. Your fire risk assessment will provide guidance in this area. But most will require the following:

  • Fire alarms and smoke detectors. The siting of these will be dictated by the layout of your business. But you should be able to hear fire alarms sounding in all areas of your building. Fire alarms and smoke detectors require regular maintenance.
  • Fire extinguishers. There are five different types of fire extinguisher. Understanding which extinguisher to site where and how to use them can prevent a small fire from becoming a large-scale emergency.
  • Emergency lighting. Emergency lighting is essential in gyms and leisure centres. Knowing when and where emergency lighting should be used and how to maintain it is integral.
  • Fire exits. Blocked and unmarked fire exits cost lives. Not only should your fire exits be easily accessible. But they need to be well maintained, and clearly marked with wayfinding signage and lights.

Employee training

Your employees are your greatest fire safety resource. With the right fire safety training, your team will know how to respond should a fire event ever happen. Enabling them to prevent small fires from spreading, to avoid unnecessary damage, and, most importantly, to minimise the risk of injury to themselves, their colleagues, and your customers.


Fire safety in leisure centres and gyms can be a matter of common sense. But it must be taken seriously. So, start with your fire risk assessment. And ask for professional support if you are at all unsure.

1st Class Fire Protection is an industry-leading fire protection company serving customers throughout Norfolk, Suffolk, and the surrounding areas of Cambridgeshire. Contact us to arrange the right fire safety protection for your gym or leisure centre.


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