Signs for Fire Fighting Equipment in the Workplace

Signs for Fire Fighting Equipment


These signs are used to show the location of fire fighting equipment in the workplace, such as hoses, extinguishers, ladders and emergency telephones. If an item of equipment is out of sight, they are also used to point to its location. The signs must:

  • be rectangular or square in shape;
  • show a white pictogram (which may include and arrow) on a red background;
  • have at least 50% of their area red (thus the white of the pictogram must take up no more than half the area).

Signs containing symbols or pictograms which conform to BS 5499 (Fire Safety Signs, Notices and Graphic Symbols) will satisfy the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 provided they continue to fulfil their purpose effectively.

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