"The Building Regulations FIRE SAFETY PLANS Guidance Notes Your"
The Building Regulations FIRE SAFETY PLANS Guidance Notes Your attention is drawn to Building Regulation 14(2)(b) which requires that: “Where part B of schedule 1 (Fire Safety) imposes a requirement in relation to proposed building work, an additional two copies of any such plans as demonstrate compliance with that requirement shall be deposited, both of which may be retained by the Local Authority.” These are in addition to the two sets of full plans that you have already submitted. The additional plans are required in order that a consultation may be carried out by Building Control with the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service, for which 15 days are usually allowed. Following that consultation a plan stage report giving the observations of the ECFRS concerning all Fire Safety Order measures, and any non building regulation “associated fire precautions” matters can then be forwarded to you by Building Control. Associated fire precautions may include matters controlled by the ECFRS such as: fire detection, fire alarms, means of fire fighting and managerial aspects of fire safety. These can then be incorporated in your proposals at the most cost effective time in design process. Further guidance on this matter can be found in the Department for Communities and Local Government publication, “Building Regulations and Fire Safety Procedural Guidance”, free literature products code 06BD04141, on the Planning Portal website www.planningportal/gov.uk/approveddocuments. Fire safety plans must be clear, uncluttered and annotated to demonstrate compliance with Regs. 4 and 6 Sch. 1 Part B, showing major principles such as:- a) Means of escape and their associated fire protection, including position and type of fire doors. Particular reference should be made to all proposed exit door furniture and ironmongery. b) Structural fire precautions and lines of compartmentation. c) Access and facilities for the fire service (see Approved Document B5). d) Fire detection and alarm system or other means of giving warning. e) Emergency lighting. f) Fire exit signage and notices. g) Smoke control and venting measures, where applicable. The annotation may be either to BS 1635 : 1990 or by using a legend incorporated on the fire plans such as that suggested on the following pages, which illustrates an acceptable style of presentation. The approval process is likely to be delayed if designs are presented without prior consideration of fire safety, which may lead to rejection of plans. It is essential that all applicants are fully conversant with the technical aspects of fire safety and its regulation, or that they employ independent technical advisers who do have this knowledge. Any advice given by the Building Control Officer will not extend to design consultancy. Telephone: 01245 606431 Website: www.chelmsford.gov.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Planning and Building Control Services November 2006 FIRE PLAN ANNOTATION The following legend may be of assistance to you in preparing the fire safety plan. The symbols suggested are frequently used and recognised by the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service as an alternative to BS 1635. The details required to be shown on a fire safety plan will depend upon the complexity of each individual project and therefore some symbols will not be relevant. LEGEND Line of 30 minute fire resistance (may be indicated in coloured ink). Line of 60 minute fire resistance (may be indicated in coloured ink). FRG 30 minute fire-resisting glazing (integrity only – no insulation value). FRG(30/30) 30 minute fire-resisting glazing (integrity and insulation). 30 minute fire-resisting door(s) and frame with cold smoke seals (may be indicated in coloured ink). Annotate as appropriate, e.g. FD30S. 60 minute fire-resisting door(s) and frame with cold seals (may be indicated in coloured ink). Annotate as appropriate, e.g. FD60S. SC Door(s) to be provided with positive self closing device(s) and signs to both faces worded “FIRE DOOR – KEEP SHUT” in white lettering on a blue background. KLS Door(s), e.g. cupboards, not required to be self closing, provided with lock and sign(s) worded “FIRE DOOR – KEEP LOCKED SHUT WHEN NOT IN USE” on the outside face in white lettering on a blue background. FE/KC Doors provided solely as a means of escape to have a sign worded “FIRE ESCAPE – KEEP CLEAR” in white lettering on a blue background. SC/A Doors to be provided with automatic releases which are designed to hold a fire resisting door in the fully open position and to permit the door to close automatically upon the actuation of the fire alarm system. [Doors in premises where sleeping accommodation is provided to be marked with a notice worded “AUTOMATIC FIRE DOOR – KEEP CLEAR – CLOSE AT NIGHT”. If no sleeping accommodation is provided the doors to be marked with a notice worded “AUTOMATIC FIRE DOOR – KEEP CLEAR”. Notices to be in white lettering on a blue background]. FFF Door(s) kept free of all fastenings other than ball or roller catches. FIRE PLAN ANNOTATION (continued) VP/FRG Vision panel of clear fire resisting glazing to be provided in a fire resisting door or partition. The period of fire resistance of the glazing to be appropriate to the fire resistance of the door/ partition in which it is fixed. VP Vision panel, not less than 0.1m2 in size, of clear glass to be provided in door or partition. SF Simple fastening (e.g. lever latch) that can be operated without the use of a key from the side indicated. PB Panic bolt or panic latch with “PUSH BAR TO OPEN” sign in 50mm white lettering on a green background at operating bar height. PV Room provided with permanent natural ventilation direct to external air (preferably 2.5% of floor area) for smoke removal. Fire alarm call point. Bell sounder. S Smoke detector. H Heat detector. O Visual warning device (Xenon beacon or similar) linked to the fire alarm system. E Escape sign to Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 with appropriate graphic pictogram and a directional arrow. Internally illuminated escape sign box or luminaire, provided with electricity from both the main and emergency supply. NM3 Non-maintained system mode for three hour emergency duration. M3 Maintained system mode for three hour emergency duration. EL This room/corridor/staircase to be illuminated with emergency lighting in accordance with BS 5266. (Note: this symbol does not indicate the position of an individual luminaire.) Non-maintained emergency lighting luminaire. EL Emergency lighting, central battery unit. Refuge area. Note FE/KC This drawing has only been prepared to indicate the presentation of a Fire Safety E Plan and to demonstrate how Fire Precautions required by PB Part B may be identified on a plan by using the legend. It is not intended that this example suggests compliance with the specific technical requirements of Part B or any WORKSHOP other building regulation. E PB FE/KC SF Project E SC FD 30S Use of Fire Plan E Legend FD30S PB SC SF WC FE/KC EL WC Drawing OFFICE OFFICE STORE SF BOILER SC EL FD30S VP EL FRG (30/30) RECEPTION WC Scale 1:100 MAIN ENTRANCE Drawing Number