Fire safety guidance for care homes

The guidance aims to assist those who have responsibility under the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 for ensuring fire safety in care homes in Scotland.


British Standards - British Standards Institution (

EN 179: Building hardware. Emergency exit devices operated by a lever handle or push pad. Requirements and test methods

EN 1125: Building hardware. Panic exit devices operated by a horizontal bar. Requirements and test methods

EN 1154: Building hardware. Controlled door closing devices. Requirements and test methods

EN 1155: Building hardware. Electrically powered hold open devices for swing doors. Requirements and test methods

EN 1634: Part 1: Fire-resistance tests for door and shutter assemblies. Fire doors and shutters

EN ISO 7010 graphical symbols - safety colours and safety signs - registered safety signs

476: Part 22: Fire tests on building materials and structures. Methods for determination of the fire-resistance of non-loadbearing elements of construction

5266: Part 1: Emergency lighting. Code of practice

5266: Part 7: (BS EN 1838:) Lighting applications. Emergency lighting

5266: Part 8: Emergency escape lighting systems (BS EN 50172: 2004)

5306: Part 8: Fire extinguishing installations and equipment on premises. Selection and installation of portable fire extinguishers. Code of practice

5499: Part 4: Safety signs, including fire safety signs. Code of practice for escape route signing

5839: Part 1: Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings. Code of practice for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non-domestic premises

5839: Part 3: Fire detection and alarm systems for buildings. Specification for automatic release mechanisms for certain fire protection equipment

5839: Part 8: Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings. Code of practice for the design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of voice alarm systems

5852: Methods of test for assessment of ignitability of upholstered seating by smouldering and flaming ignition sources

7036: Code of practice for safety at powered doors for pedestrian use

7273: Part 4: Code of practice for the operation of fire protection measures. Actuation of release mechanisms for doors

7671: Requirements for Electrical Installations

9251: Sprinkler systems for residential and domestic occupancies

9999: Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings

DD 8458-1:2010 Fixed fire protection systems. Residential and domestic watermist systems. Code of practice for design and installation


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