With everything that happened with Grenfell, we are all very aware more so than ever how important fire safety is. So with that in mind having a few helpful tips an could go a long way to prevent any such accidents happening on other properties.
The key question to answer is that in an event of a fire can the occupants leave safely and will the spread of fire be restricted?
5 things to consider when thinking of your properties fire safety –
- Undertake a fire risk assessment
- Think of compartments or fire cells
- Ensure your specification gets built as needed
- Fit your fire doors correctly (many faults are made by contractors when fitting fire doors)
- Know clearly the ‘means of escape from your building’
How to avoid common faults on fire doors –
- Ensure correct signage
- Ensure that the fire & smoke seals are installed correctly
- Make sure that there is no damage to the door leaf
- Are the hinges correct or not damaged?
- How big is the gap between the door and the frame?
Passive Fire Protection –
Passive fire protection is all about leaving as many barriers in place after construction that will inhibit the spread of fire and permitting safe exit for occupants. It is impossible to be aware of every product in the passive fire protection industry but here are a few that you can easily put into your properties to help:
- Air transfer grilles & blocks
- Cable tray sleeves
- Fire doors
- Smoke seals, threshold seals
- Safety curtains, wraps, sleeves & structural protection
- Smoke barriers
- Intumescent letter boxes
As expected there are some big changed coming in the area of fire protection following the interim findings of Grenfell tower fire report that was published in December 2017. So keep an eye out for any changes and we should all welcome the changes to ensure safety for everyone.