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Fire - The External Risk

When we consider fire safety, our focus is normally from within, what can we do to prevent the occurrence of fire and how we can limit its damage. Whilst this is the correct stance to take, we must also identify and consider the risks from external sources.


Fire Precautions - Compartmentation

Fire compartmentation is a vital part of any fire safety design. Compartmentation is a tool that is used in the vast majority of buildings, other than simple low rise developments.


Unwanted Fire Signals

Unwanted Fire Signals is the formal term given to what has been universally referred to as 'false alarms'. Unwanted fire signals is considered to encompass the issue and this will become apparent as we expand on this issue.


Management of Fire Safety

As with most elements of Health & Safety, management of fire safety is fundamental to its success. Whilst fire precautions will play their role in any given situation, it is often the success, or failure of management that has the most significant impact on the outcome.


A managed response to a fire

Much technical data is available which discusses the risk of fire within buildings and the measures which are employed to prevent fires, reduce their growth and permit the safe evacuation for occupants, however, little formal guidance is available for building managers on responding to a fire.


Types of Fire precautions, their use as Compensation Features

Fire precautions are often categorised into two groups, active and passive. A fire safety design will rarely rely on only one or the other categories, usually a combination of fire precautions will be necessary to achieve a safe design.


Means of Escape Design

As designers of buildings, we must acknowledge that any fire safety design can fail, i.e. a fire could occur.


Human Behaviour in Fire

A major consideration in any fire safety design is human behaviour. Failure to consider this aspect could lead to a failure in the design.


Fire fighting hose reels

There is a growing trend for occupiers to remove the existing fire-fighting hose-reels from their premises. This is due to a number of factors:


Fire Safety on Construction Sites

Fire Safety / Fire Engineering is used to protect buildings and their occupants from fire. However, fire safety and the protection of people and buildings should start before the construction phase, an area that is sometimes overlooked.


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FIRE SAFETY BLOGS

  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - External Access for the Fire Service - Part 42

    In LWF's Fire Engineering blogs for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been looking at the subject of firefighting. In part 41 of this series, we discussed where to fit landing valves in rising mains, taking into account travel distance for the firefighters to the place of fire origin. In part 42, we look at what external access to the premises for the Fire Service should be provided.In England and...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Prevention & Waste Management - Part 76

    In LWF's blog series for healthcare professionals, the aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 75, LWF discussed good housekeeping measures which should be implemented in a healthcare venue to avoid instances of fire. In part 76, we begin to discuss waste management from a fire prevention point of view. The effective management of waste on an ongoing basis is one of the...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Community Fire Safety - Part 2

    In LWF's blog series for those who work in Facilities Management, or who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety, we have been looking at community fire safety. In part 1, it was established that while there was scarce regulation on fire safety standards in residential buildings, such dictates would have little effect on owner/occupier domiciles. Fire safety education, however, has proved more successful and the informal beginnings of this lay with the...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Prevention - Part 75

    In LWF’s blog series for healthcare professionals, the aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 74, LWF discussed good housekeeping measures which should be implemented in a healthcare venue to avoid instances of fire. In part 75, we will continue from that point. Rubbish can accumulate in certain spaces which are out of the way and ignored, such as lift wells, behind radiators,...

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  • Facilities Management & Fire Safety - Community Fire Safety - Part 1

    In LWF’s blog series for those who work in Facilities Management, or who have an interest in or responsibility for fire safety, our aim is to give information on best practice and fire engineering. In part 1 of this series, we will take a look at Community Fire Safety, a term which, while it relates in the main to domestic fire safety, can also be applied to business environments. Community Fire Safety (CFS) could be...

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Case Studies

Brentwood Town Hall Redevelopment
The redevelopment of Brentwood Town Hall included renovating the existing five storey property to provide police and council offices, a community hub and lettable office space across the basement, gro...

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General Bulletins

Fire - The External Risk
When we consider fire safety, our focus is normally from within, what can we do to prevent the occurrence of fire and how we can limit its damage.  Whilst this is the correct stance to take, we m...

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Technical Bulletins

Evacuation Modelling - Factor in Human Behaviour
Evacuation of buildings can be analyzed in different ways. Approved Document B (ADB) which provides guidance on meeting the requirements of the England and Wales Building Regulations with regard to fi...

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