Firntec has a team of highly experienced Fire Safety consultants who can prepare and design fire strategies for a range of buildings to show compliance with Building Regulations.
Means of escape – Analysis of the travel distances and whether the existing escape routes leading to a place of ultimate safety are suitable and sufficient for all persons at risk in the premises and the intended capacities. Provision of emergency/external lighting and signs to aid escape, as well as emergency plans displaying designated evacuation routes do escape routes lead to a place of ultimate safety?
Internal fire spread and Passive Protection – analysis of the level of internal protection required along escape routes (including protected routes, fire doors, the treatment of service penetrations and joints in construction) is necessary in order to ensure fire separation is achieved to aid safe evacuation, and meet other fire safety objectives including those required by Building Regulations (such as for maximum compartment size) or those implemented at the behest of the building owner/operator (such as to protect areas of high financial or strategic value) consideration should also be made of specific requirements for linings to ensure that surface flame spread is effectively minimised – is the existing compartmentation satisfactory?
Means of warning – analysing the standard of fire detection required for the premises analysing the standard of fire detection required for the premises. The strategy will always include the question – is the premises required to be linked to an alarm receiving centre for the soonest possible arrival of the fire and rescue service (FRS)? The strategy will also include where other actions are required to be taken automatically in the event the alarm is raised, are they effectively implemented and interfaces with the alarm and detection system suitably established (such as for the release of fire doors, fail safe for secured doors to open, or impacts on ventilation systems to prevent the spread of smoke
External fire spread – analysing the possible degree of further damage should the fire spread externally via breakout, across roofs, via cladding or other materials used on the external envelope, or through the transfer of heat to adjacent buildings
What is the Access and facilities for the FRS – ensuring all provisions satisfy both the Building Regulations and the local fire authority, which includes reviewing external vehicle access; hydrants; and establishing if there is a requirement for rising fire mains, access points, firefighting lifts for example.
Other Factors and elements – this is dependent on what systems are installed within the building. Some examples of these may include the use of sprinkler or other suppression systems, smoke control and ventilation systems and such like the implementation of such systems may be used to compensate in a building with increased risks present, such as extended travel distances, limited means of escape, large compartment sizes or significant life risk (such as in healthcare) etcetera – commonly in such circumstances, an approach in line with BS 9999 or a fire engineered solution will be implemented
Overall Fire Safety Management – The overall fire safety management includes the adopted evacuation strategy and fire safety training specific to the building staff employed to work there, addressing any specific fire risks within the premises, and detailing particular duties which should be performed during an evacuation for certain staff. Under this heading, it will also include the company policy and procedures to be implemented, such as maintaining compliance with fire risk assessments; maintenance and testing of internal systems; implementing in house fire door checks; arranging planned preventative maintenance (PPM) schedules for the fire protection systems and any other relevant services; management of contractors.