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What does a fire warden do?


09 March 2022

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (FSO), in articles 13, 15 and 18, requires the responsible person to appoint one or more competent persons to assist them in undertaking preventative and protective measures. Fire wardens and marshals are competent persons who have been appointed to undertake these measures.

Do fire doors need to be self closing?


04 March 2022

A self-closing device should reliably close the door leaf tight against the door stop, or into its frame, from any openable angle and be able to overcome resistance from any fitted latch or seals.

Who is responsible for using a fire extinguisher?


04 January 2022

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 which covers general fire safety for England and Wales, it is the responsibility of the Responsible Person to appoint competent persons for fire safety functions and to ensure their employees receive adequate training, refresher training and development. This includes fire protection and prevention awareness, elements of the fire triangle, types of fires and relevant fire extinguishing equipment, and how to use the fire equipment effectively.

How can you ensure your sprinkler system remains fit for purpose?


26 November 2021

Dale Kinnersley, Principal Consultant at the Fire Protection Association (FPA), examines the role of the ‘responsible person’ when it comes to abiding by the regulations.

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

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