Fire Safety Advice and Guidance

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Refurbishment risks


07 October 2021

Howard Passey highlights several key fire safety factors to consider when refurbishing or renovating buildings

Fire Prevention on Construction Sites: The Joint Code of Practice on the Protection from Fire of Construction Sites and Buildings Undergoing Renovation


14 September 2021

Fire Prevention on Construction Sites: The Joint Code of Practice on the Protection from Fire of Construction Sites and Buildings Undergoing Renovation – 9th Edition

Why sprinklers should be considered as part of building design and construction


08 September 2021

As it stands, sprinklers are not a legal requirement in commercial buildings, and in residential buildings their provision is based on the height of the building and neglects all other factors. Here, FPA Principal Consultant, Dale Kinnersley explains why this approach can leave lives and buildings at risk and must change.

What is the purpose of a fire door?


08 September 2021

The prime purpose for fire doors is to save lives and stop the progress of fire in support of both escaping occupants and fire-fighting activities. They are an important part of a building's passive fire protection system and an essential requirement for the vast majority of premises including residential, public buildings, offices and factories (specific building regulations must be checked).

Is there another cladding-type construction defect crisis on the horizon?


07 September 2021

Dr Jim Glockling, Technical Director at the FPA discusses whether, given the pace of construction innovation, enough is being done to avoid another cladding-type construction defect crisis, and what prospective buyers might need to do to protect themselves and their investment.

Insurer requirements for enhanced escape of water protection and safety in building plumbing and water-based fire suppression systems


31 August 2021

The FPA has published Insurer Augmented Approved Document G (Water Supply): 2021 Edition

Water mist systems in schools and why third party testing is essential


26 July 2021

Schools are considered high risk premises when it comes to fire safety. The size of the building, the number of people occupying it at any one time, the vulnerability of young school children and the potential presence of hazardous materials are all factors for consideration. There is also an increased risk of arson due to buildings often being left unoccupied during the school holidays. Research from Zurich Municipal, the leading insurer of schools, identified that schools are nearly twice as likely to suffer a fire than other types of commercial building.

Can I replace a fire sprinkler head?


13 July 2021

Fire sprinkler systems provide peace of mind, knowing your building is protected 24 hours a day. When a fire ignites, the heat rises and activates one sprinkler head at a time to wet the flames below while minimising water damage.

How closed head water mist systems work


13 July 2021

A closed head (bulb) water mist system is a fixed fire protection system that uses fine water droplets to control, suppress or extinguish a fire. The system consists of automatic nozzles attached to a hydraulically calculated piping system containing water and connected to a water supply.

Sprinkler System Service & Maintenance: Guidance, Records & Checklists


21 June 2021

Working with industry experts, the FPA has published a concise guide for sprinkler owners and specialist sprinkler maintenance contractors to inspect, test and maintain sprinkler systems to meet the required standards.

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