What Is a Noticeboard?
Noticeboards are designed specifically to showcase information to the public, employees, pupils and visitors. They are a simple way of distributing notices and information to a wide range of people in an analogue fashion. Typically, they are designed for use with pins, staples or velcro (though magnetic options are available) and come in designs suitable for indoor or outdoor use.
What Can Noticeboards Be Used For?
Notice boards are a versatile and adaptable way to share information. The exact purpose which you use your board for will depend on the location, and the desired audience. For example, school noticeboards can be used to showcase pupil work, share notices about class schedules or highlight safety information.
Notice boards located in offices or staff rooms might flag up charity events, team-building activities or essential company notices. They can also be used to display business performance, charting success stories and boosting morale.
Church bulletin boards often display charity fundraising information, service dates, wedding or christening announcements and details of community events. On community notice boards, you will often see maps, event information and community activities. Whether you choose an indoor or outdoor notice board, the space provides a completely blank canvas that is perfect for communicating all sorts of messages.
Do I Need a Fire-Rated Notice Board?
In locations where you have more than 25 people present at any one time, or in corridors, escape routes and large unsupervised areas in public buildings, you will need your notice boards to be fire retardant and rated to the appropriate standards. This applies to offices, schools, colleges, universities, nurseries, training centres, libraries, medical facilities, government buildings, town halls and community centres.
What are the appropriate fire-rating standards?
The British fire rating standard is called BS 2476. It rates products from class 0 to class 4, with class 0 being the highest (safest). The British test covers the spread of flame and is designed to ensure the product won’t contribute to the growth of a fire.
As a part of the certification process for British Fire Rating Standard BS 2476, notice boards are tested under two other certifications:
- BS 5897 part 2 1980 - this refers to the type of fabric
- BS 476 part 7 - this refers to the lateral spread of a fire after 1.5 – 10 minutes
The European fire safety standard is called BS EN 13501. It rates products from class A to class F, with class A being the highest (safest). There are currently no UK notice board suppliers who manufacture noticeboards higher than class B. The European test looks at what happens when the noticeboard burns and seeks to identify which – if any – harmful fumes, energy and smoke are emitted from the noticeboard when it is alight.
For more information on fire safety standards, read our blog Do You Need Fire Rated Notice Boards For Offices?