A fire is not only a threat to life and health, but also a businesses assets, equipment
and ability to operate.
To manage and minimise the risk of fire, many companies and organisations now utilise a strategic approach to fire safety management. The aim of a fire strategy is to organise, design, manage, plan and correlate suitable fire safety methods that demonstrate a businesses or organisation’s policy and target in
relation to the risk of fire.
A fire strategy aims to meet fire safety targets and the capable requirements for a building or residence, to ensure the safety and protection of occupants and property. The fire strategy that is incorporated should categorically detail the type of fire safety facilities that are included within the building or property along with their individual specifications.
All buildings in London are different in terms of size, structure and internal layout, because of this; individual buildings and properties fall into a few different categories. The categories may vary but typically compromise of industrial type buildings, hospital and healthcare facilities and shops, offices and, public or commercial buildings.
These different types of buildings will incorporate different fire strategies depending on the building’s needs and layout etc. For example, industrial buildings and warehouses will need to take into consideration the high ceilings, tall storage loads and possible flammable materials.
Hospitals or healthcare facilities need to consider patients capacity and mobility along with storage and equipment. Shops and public premises need to consider a high population of people and the needs of those who may be in unfamiliar territory. Therefore, planning and designing a fire strategy needs to have a varied approach depending on the type and use and of the building.
Here at Firenso London, we can do a full assessment for your building or property and discuss which category your building falls into. We will be assessing key areas and can identify fire hazards and risks. Our evaluations are thorough and meet the requirements of the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order.
Some helpful steps to apply a competent fire strategy include:
- Planning the fire safety requirements of the building with the occupants in
- Widening supplies of fire safety equipment and alert systems, with the
consideration of occupants, property, emergency services access and
- Assessing building characteristics and layout; to pin-point key areas that are a
fire risk, identify how a fire may develop and where it could spread.
- Identifying the risks of hazardous materials and storage locations.
- Designing an appropriate framework for future fire safety including map
layouts and navigation assistance in multi-occupancy properties.
- Regular reviews of the strategy and reviewing any changes that may affect the
fire safety plan, Eg: changes in the number of occupants; building extensions or
modifications, new equipment or flammable materials etc.
A building fire strategy generally comes in the form of a document report combined with detailed maps and to-scale evacuation drawings. The fire strategy document for every individual building, clearly outlines the appropriate evacuation routes, the building fire safety features, the building specifications and how they they can be manually deployed- if not automatically.
Your business or building needs a fire strategy because it is required by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Though the most important reason for the fire strategy is for saving lives, safety of occupants and staff and protecting your business against damage or closure. If you would like any more information or would like to discuss an assessment of your building or property, then contact Firenso London; where we will be happy to discuss your needs and enquiries.