Fire safety is an important issue for any multi-occupancy building, where each building user shares a certain level of responsibility. This is especially highlighted when buildings are used by unrelated occupiers, sharing common spaces within the building. In these situations it is in everybody’s interest to be aware of the building’s fire risks and to familiarise themselves with the fire safety measures in place.
Current UK fire safety legislation emphasises fire prevention above fire protection and requires fire risk assessments be carried out for all occupied premises other than single dwelling houses.
Once constructed to the fire safety requirements of the Building Regulations Part B, a building is deemed to have satisfied the minimum fire safety requirements. However, timber buildings under construction are highly susceptible to accidental ignition.
A good fire safety management plan involves on-going risk assessments through enduser awareness programmes.