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Residential Premises | Planning of Fire Safety - Pt 3, Fire Fighting & Engineering

Posted by LWF: 20/02/2014 14:51

The third and final part of this series on ‘Planning of Fire Safety’ in residential premises will look at fire fighting facilities and fire engineering solutions. High rise residential buildings are subject to particular requirements in relation to fire safety and in making provision for the fire service to undertake fire-fighting duties.Fire Fighting FacilitiesMany blocks of flats for residential purposes will require a fire fighting shaft.  The contents of the shaft will vary...

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Residential Premises | Planning of Fire Safety - Pt 2 - Layout, Compartmentation and Ventilation

Posted by LWF: 12/02/2014 14:48

This short series of blogs is looking at the planning of fire safety, in particular relation to blocks of flats for residential purposes. High rise developments require additional fire safety planning at the design and build stage, in order to facilitate resident evacuation and fire control at heights which would make escape from windows, for example, impractical. This second of three blogs will look at layout, compartmentation and ventilation.LayoutIn general there are two...

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Fire Safety | Managing the variables

Posted by LWF: 12/02/2014 13:16

Your facility may have had a fire risk assessment and undertaken the various fire safety tasks which arose from it, for example; a fire alarm system, fire doors, warning signs, but this does not always mean that fire safety has been achieved.Fire safety is a term that encompasses a wide range of variables, and it is the effective management of those variables which can make or break your fire safety provision. Of course, the most...

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Fire Safety | Fire risk assessment and prioritisation of actions

Posted by LWF: 05/02/2014 14:23

When a fire risk assessment or FRA is undertaken, it is a rare circumstance that no actions result from it. Indeed, there is always room for improvement in a premises’ fire safety armoury and the resulting fire safety actions can be wide ranging in terms of cost and works required, from better indicated points of egress, to the addition of sprinklers.The legal bitMost people realise, by now, that undertaking a comprehensive fire risk...

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Residential Premises | Planning of Fire Safety - Pt 1 - Guidance and Evacuation

Posted by LWF: 05/02/2014 13:55

As demand for living accommodation in already densely populated areas increases, it seems a given that buildings are rising higher, in order to facilitate demand. Housing providers from both the public and private sector are looking increasingly at high rise developments as a solution to the requirement for homes in already highly populated regions.High rise buildings naturally fall into the high risk category in relation to means of escape in the case of fire....

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety Training for Staff - Part 84

    In LWFs blog series for healthcare professionals, our aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 83, LWF began look at those roles in a healthcare environment which might have special responsibilities in case of a fire and while it is not possible to provide an exhaustive list which applies to all, those staff who will be expected to assist in patient evacuation were...

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  • Fire Safety for Facilities Management Personnel - Fire Safety Legislation - Part 2

    Lawrence Webster Forrest (LWF) is a specialist fire engineering and fire risk management consultancy whose aim is to give information on best practice in fire safety for facilities management personnel through this blog series. In part 1, we began an overview of the history of fire safety legislation, which we continue in part 2.In the last blog, it was ascertained that following a fire disaster, it is common to see changes in legislation with...

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  • Fire Engineering Design and Risk Assessment - Provision of Firefighting Shafts - Part 50

    In LWF’s Fire Engineering blog series for Architects and others in the building design business, we have been discussing firefighting and what provisions must be made for firefighting activities in a building. In part 49, we examined some of the criteria given in different guidance documents and in particular, how it is recommended that a firefighting lobby should be used as access to the accommodation from a firefighting lift or stair as a single fire...

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  • Fire Safety for Healthcare Premises - Fire Safety Training for Staff - Part 83

    In LWFs blog series for healthcare professionals, our aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety in hospitals and other healthcare premises. In part 82, LWF looked at what elements make up an effective fire safety training policy. In part 83, we begin by discussing the use of e-learning as a tool in fire safety training, before looking at training for staff with special responsibilities.E-learning, or learning which is undertaken on...

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  • Fire Safety for Facilities Management Personnel - Fire Safety Legislation - Part 1

    Lawrence Webster Forrest (LWF) is a specialist fire engineering and fire risk management consultancy whose aim is to give information on best practice of fire safety for facilities management personnel through this blog series. In part 1, we begin with an overview of the history of fire safety legislation.While it is true that most fire safety legislation is written with the aim of averting fires, it is also the case that much of it...

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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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