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Premises INFORMATION PLATES FOR STUDENT ACCOMMODATION: WHY CREATE THEM AND WHY KEEP THEM UP TO DATE
As a student accommodation provider, the safety of your residents should be your top priority. Fire safety is a crucial aspect of this responsibility and one of the key components of an effective fire safety plan is having correct and up-to-date Premises Information Plates (PIPs).
In this blog, we will explain why PIPs are essential for student accommodation providers, and why it is essential to keep them up to date.
What are premises information plates?
A Premises Information Plate (PIP) is a sign or plaque that provides essential information about a high rise building or property and are an essential component of a fire safety plan. A PIP typically includes information such as the internal layout of the building, main access points for the emergency services, and other relevant details such as number of floors, firefighting facilities and locations of lifts and stairs.
why are pips so important for student accommodation providers?
As a student accommodation provider, you have a duty of care to ensure the safety of your residents. In the case of a fire or other emergency, PIPs are an essential component of a fire risk assessment and can provide vital information to the emergency services, helping them respond quickly and effectively.
why is it important to keep pips up to date?
PIPs are not a one-time requirement. They must be kept up to date to remain correct and effective. If any of the information on your PIPs changes, such as the main access point for emergency services or the building layout, it is important to update them as soon as possible. Failure to do so could result in confusion or delays in the event of an emergency, potentially putting your residents and staff at risk.
In addition, PIPs must be regularly reviewed and updated as part of your fire safety management plan. This should include regular inspections to ensure that the PIPs are still in place and legible, and that any changes to the building are reflected in the PIPs.