New sprinkler legislation is a major boost for fire safety
News of forthcoming legislation has been released regarding the use of sprinklers in residential properties. As recently reported in the SHP Safety & Health Practitioner Newsletter, on 26 May 2020 the government released the inaugural phase of its Fire Safety Approved Document Work Plan. As SHP explains:
“As part of this, the government announced updates to the Building Regulation in Approved Document B whereby the current trigger height for sprinklers in new residential flats will be replaced from 30m (typically 10 floors) to just 11m (typically four floors). This significant reform means that any new flat developments with a floor at the new threshold will be required to be fitted with a sprinkler or alternative fire suppression system.”
The findings of the report are hoped to transform fire safety in buildings, with the new rulings due to take effect from 26th November 2020.
At Surefire we welcome this step forward to improve fire protection standards as fire sprinkler systems play an important part in protecting lives and minimising material losses. It is also worth noting that alternative fire suppression systems are acceptable. So for instance, water mist systems could be appropriate for some applications.
The new sprinkler legislation does not cover fire protection in the workplace. However, business owners and others responsible for non-domestic buildings have strict obligations to fulfil in terms of risk assessment plus the provision and maintenance of fire safety equipment. The government describes these in its Fire Safety in the Workplace guidance document.
Surefire has a wide range of clients in both the public and private sectors, and we can offer expert advice on meeting regulatory requirements as well as supplying, servicing and maintaining fire safety equipment. Please contact us at any time for help and advice.
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