What is a Fire Strategy?
Fires can have a devastating impact due to the risk it poses to peoples’ lives and the effect it can have on an organisation, from a loss of business income and property damage, to increased insurance premiums. If you own, manage, or operate a business, you will need to comply with fire safety laws and conduct fire risk assessments to protect both people and buildings’ in the event of a fire.
Do I need one?
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 came into force in England and Wales on the 1st October 2006. It improves fire safety by placing the responsibility to reduce the risk of fire to people and buildings’ on the employer, or the ‘responsible person’ for that building.
The ‘responsible person’ for each building is required to carry out a fire risk assessment and take steps to reduce or remove any risks. The assessment should consider the effect a fire may have on anyone in or around the premises and needs reviewing regularly.
How does it work?
We take a proactive view to new building design, taking time to understand your need and working with you to ensure your objectives are met whilst still complying with the relevant legislation. Our design fire strategy is intended for discussion between the design team, architects and the approving authorities, in support of the building regulations application. The report addresses only life safety issues, as required by the Building Regulations.
The report does not address property or business protection, or any other fire safety issue that is not within the scope of Part B of the Building Regulations or other related guidance, unless this is specifically equested. The fire strategy document forms the first stage of the assessment process and details the key fire safety design objectives and provisions within the building.
The strategy will form part of the Fire Safety Information, as required by the Fire Safety Order, and should be handed to the responsible person in accordance with Regulation 38 of the Building Regulations (forming part of the Fire Safety Manual the contractor will hand over on completion).
Our report defines the strategy for meeting the functional and performance requirements for fire safety in the finished building. It is primarily intended to form part of the submission for Building Regulation Part B approval.
Where any conclusions or recommendations have been arrived at which specify particular materials, products or forms of construction these will have been assessed, in accordance with the requirements of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.
There may also be occasions when you need to consider an increase in the occupancy profile for your existing building stock. Before any increase in persons is made, you must ensure the existing means of escape arrangements are sufficient for the potential increase in occupancy.
The finished report comes complete with floor plans detailing the maximum permissible occupancy for the storey(s) and the building as a whole.