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Practical Fire Safety Guidance for Existing Non-Residential Premises

DescriptionGuidance note on fire safety responsibilities for business owners of non residential premises.
Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateAugust 18, 2017


ISBN 978 1 78851 132 2 (web only publication)
PPDAS 269266

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Chapter 1: Preface

  • Introduction
  • Scope
  • Fire Safety Law
  • How To Use This Guide

Chapter 2: Assessment Of Fire Risk In Premises

Chapter 3: The Persons In The Premises

Chapter 4: Managing Fire Safety

  • Fire Safety Policy
  • Emergency Fire Action Plan
  • Fire Safety Information and Training
  • Fire Drills
  • Maintenance of Fire Safety Measures
  • Third Party Certification
  • Recording Information and Keeping Records

Chapter 5: Reducing The Likelihood Of Fire

  • Housekeeping and Storage
  • Storage and Use of Dangerous Substances
  • Furniture and Textiles
  • Cellular Foam Fillings
  • Safe Use of Equipment
  • Electrical
  • Smoking
  • Managing Building Works and Alterations
  • Keeping Escape Routes Clear
  • Fire-Raising
  • Tented Structures
  • Pyrotechnics and Special Effects

Chapter 6: Restricting The Spread Of Fire And Smoke

  • Layout of Transport Premises
  • Auditoria Design
  • Stadia Design
  • Fire Separation and Compartmentation
  • Smoke Control
  • Doors
  • Fire Spread Through Cavities
  • Ventilation Systems
  • Fire Spread on Internal Surfaces
  • Fire Spread on External Walls

Chapter 7: Provision And Use Of Means Of Escape

  • Escape Routes
  • Travel Distance
  • Inner Rooms
  • Stairs
  • Escape across Flat Roofs
  • Door Fastening
  • Lighting
  • Signs and Notices

Chapter 8: Fire Detection And Warning

  • System Type
  • Call Points
  • Automatic Fire Detection
  • Warning
  • System Information
  • Remote Monitoring
  • Reducing False Alarms

Chapter 9: Means For Fighting Fire

  • Automatic Life Safety Fire Suppression
  • Fire Fighting Equipment for Use by Persons

Chapter 10: Fire And Rescue Service Facilities

  • Fire and Rescue Service Access
  • Water Supply for Fire and Rescue Service Use
  • Smoke Ventilation
  • Firefighting Shafts and Lifts
  • Dry and Wet Rising Fire Mains
  • Information Arrangements for Firefighters


  • Case studies - Pyrotechnics in Entertainment Premises
  • British Standards

Equality Impact Assessment

Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment