The Building Fire Safety Act, or BFSR, is a document intended to address public safety issues that weren’t addressed by the earlier version released seventeen years earlier. The document stipulates what equipment must be in place and how the building should be configured in order to provide adequate opportunity for occupants to escape during an emergency. It also addressed which materials should be used in order to slow fires and other hazards during an emergency. Overall, the point of the document is to assure that a building can offer adequate protection to occupants during an emergency evacuation.
What is the Purpose of the Building Fire Safety Act of 2008
The building fire safety act was put in place to protect occupants and assure the best possible route of escape is available during an emergency. This is especially important for buildings with many occupants or more than eight floors.
Making sure escape plans and fire resistant materials are in place assure that occupants will be able to determine the best route without assistance. In other words, the occupants will be able to make an escape even if they don’t have an adequate explanation. If the building is in full compliance with the building fire safety act each and every occupant will have the ability to take themselves away from an emergency situation.
Some Basic Building Fire Safety
There are a few easy steps to making sure a building is up to standards. These steps can vary in their application since there are so many different models and brands of safety equipment and configurations for modern buildings, but the basics still apply to all property owners and operators. Please note this information is of a general nature and for full compliance you should consult a fire safety technician.
Fire Safety Equipment such as fire extinguishers and ladders should be made readily available. The exact details of which equipment should be kept on hand should be provided by the local fire marshal. If occupants require a list of recommended equipment they can contact the property owner or operator for a full list.
Evacuation maps should be displayed regularly. Most escape doors will have a plan posted nearby along with instructions of how to follow the route. A copy of the map can be provided on request and should be displayed prominently throughout the structure.
Clear escape routes are essential. Areas around fire escape doors and other escape paths have to be clear of debris and other obstructions. If the are isn’t clear occupants might not be able to make it out of the building safely and easily. During the panic of a fire or other emergency, this could be a serious problem.
Escape coordinators should be trained in order to provide assistance to those who need it during an emergency. At least one person in the building should have enough information and training to provide clear and reliable assistance during an emergency.
Fire drills can save lives. During the panic caused by an emergency, no one is thinking straight. Having a drill or practice once per year can help alleviate that panic and assure everyone in the building is capable of making it out on their own.
Get your Building Fire Safety Certification with FCF National
Compliance with these standards is just the start of the building fire safety act. Property owners need to talk with their local fire marshal about certification of compliance with building fire safety regulation 2008 . Compliance is required by law for any building with occupants and certification must be displayed for anyone who asks.
For more detailed information about scheduling inspections or checking for compliance, property owners should talk to an FCF Fire and Electrical Fire Safety technician. Visit our Contact page to complete a form. They will be able to assist you in full compliance to the Building Fire Safety Act of 2008.