Here’s what you need to know about PEEPs, what and whom it is for, who creates it, and what it includes.



The Fire Safety Regulatory Form Order 2005 legally requires those responsible for managing the operation of premises to provide the best means for emergency evacuation of all occupants during a fire. The staff must be trained in concise procedures to support the disabled and all people who require assistance or specialist equipment during evacuation.

Relevant advice on the requirements of the sensory-impaired and disabled can be acquired from organisations that represent the groups. Details such as contact numbers and addresses of the representatives are available under the listing of appropriate disabilities in the telephone directory. While developing a management plan of the premises for emergency evacuation, it is essential to ensure adequate staffing within locations providing care or treatments to allow smooth operations.

The UK legislation places legal duties on the employer to enforce efficient measures to enable the safe evacuation of employees during an emergency. The Disability Discrimination Act of 1995, the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 lay down these rules.

Where are PEEPs used?

PEEPs are more common in workplaces when compared to high-rise residential buildings. PEEPs in workplaces aim to support those who cannot evacuate the building without the help of a bespoke escape procedure during a fire emergency.

High-rise residential buildings are different as they are built differently with different techniques, and PEEPs need to take this into context. Some buildings may have adopted a stay-put strategy, while others require simultaneous evacuation during the event of a fire. Certain buildings may also employ carers and security personnel. Residents of high-rise buildings may include private renters, social housing tenants, owners, and occupiers.

The Government legislation expects PEEPs to provide a bespoke approach to evacuating residents who require support to make a safe escape. There are several reasons for considering PEEPs in residential buildings, such as for people with mobility and cognitive impairments and people with sensory impairments.

Who needs PEEPs?

People who may require a PEEP include:

 – Those with disabilities and impairments

 – Children and elderly

 – Temporary PEEP for those suffering from injuries

 – New and expectant mothers

Who can create a PEEP?

The Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan is created by the Fire Rescue Service and Fire Risk Assessment Consultant. Evacuation plans are designed to factor in residents’ preferred evacuation method and limited mobility.

The ideal PEEP will:

– Establish concise routes for evacuation

 – Indicate staff duties

 – Specify locations of specialist equipment

 – Determine training for staff

 – Create evacuation plans and establish refuge zones.

A PEEP should detail all the actions that take place during an emergency. The Fire Service should be informed of these areas if refuges are being used. The concerned individuals, managers, fire marshals, and people mentioned in the PEEP for assistance must be provided with the PEEP details.

FEEPs and PEEPs are to be tested regularly to review plans wherever necessary by carrying out Fire Drills. Fire Marshals and responsible people need to understand the FEEP and PEEPs. All amendments to these plans must be conveyed to the staff members, and new employees must be shown FEEP during induction.

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