The installation of fire safety signs is part of an employer’s responsibility under the law to ensure, so far as is possible, their employees and the general public’s health, safety and welfare at work


Under UK Health and Safety laws it is an employer’s duty to: » Make the workplace safe and without risks to health to employees and the public – the use of safety signs can alert people to hazards, and show safety procedures.» Ensure plant and machinery are safe and that safe systems of work are set and followed – correct signs can show safe working rules and regulations» Ensure articles and substances are moved, stored and used safely – your signage can immediately notify persons of any substance hazard

There are a number of styles of fire safety signs. The use of a certain type depends on the message that the sign carries.

Green Signs Are Called “Safe Condition” Signs

Green Safety Sign Example
These signs can either tell people the location of certain safety equipment, such as first aid equipment and fire exits, or tell people that it is safe to do something in case of an emergency.Red Signs Are Called “Fire Safety” Signs
Red Fire Safety Sign Example
They are used only for showing the location of fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment.

Blue Circles Are Called “Mandatory” Signs
Blue Mandatory Sign Example
These signs give orders: you need to do whatever is written on the sign. A good example would be a fire action notice.

Red Circles With A Diagonal Line Through A Pictogram Are Called “Prohibition” Signs
Red Circle Prohibition Sign Example
You must not do whatever is shown on the sign. The fact that these signs have circles on them means that the instructions they contain must be followed.