Remember that fuel is a fire hazard. It is one of the 3 elements of the fire triangle.
Childcare settings are full of materials and substances which burn easily (are combustible)
This includes things like paper, cardboard, toys, soft furnishings
This includes things like wall paint, aerosol cans, linseed oil
This includes things like vegetable oil and fats
Safety checklist to reduce the fire risk from fuel:
Keep combustible items away from stairways and fire escape routes, eg paper, books and stationery, displays of art and craft-work, and notice boards. These items could be a combustible hazard or obstruction
If possible, displays and posters should be installed in covered frames
Displays on walls should not exceed 20 per cent of the wall space on fire escape routes
Keep paper and arts and crafts supplies in protected stationery stores or cupboards if they are not required immediately
Ensure that all items of furnishings, including cots and bedding where appropriate, meet the requirements of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety)Regulations 1988
Ensure that rubbish is not allowed to build up and that it is stored carefully until properly disposed of, particularly at the end of the day
Ensure that foam mats eg gym mats and foam play equipment are laid flat when not in use and stacked one on top of another in a dedicated storeroom
Oxygen – Managing it safely:
Remember that a fire cannot continue if you remove oxygen from it.
Close all doors and windows, especially out of hours and on evacuating the premises