Chapter 17. Fire Safety and Legislation

  1. Jane M. Wiggins

Published Online: 9 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444320466.ch17

Facilities Manager's Desk Reference

Facilities Manager's Desk Reference

How to Cite

Wiggins, J. M. (2010) Fire Safety and Legislation, in Facilities Manager's Desk Reference, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444320466.ch17

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 2 JUL 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405186612

Online ISBN: 9781444320466



  • fire safety and legislation - FM needing a good working knowledge;
  • fire safety engineering, a building discipline - providing fire safe solutions for larger and more complex buildings;
  • Building Act, buildings to comply with various standards - published in Approved Documents;
  • good building design, reducing spread of fire - from one area of a building to another;
  • fire safety solution, combination of active, passive and design features;
  • facilities for fire services and standard of fire safety management - both aspects of achieving fire separation;
  • Approved Document B, limiting flammability of ceiling linings and walls - preventing rapid fire spread;
  • Approved Document B, dividing buildings into purpose groups;
  • common means of escape terminology;
  • fire detection and alarm systems, complex interaction with building service systems


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Legislation and standards

  • Building design

  • Building Regulations

  • Designing space

  • Standards

  • Balanced solution

  • Fire separation

  • Classification of materials, buildings and fixtures

  • Building classifications

  • Furnishings

  • Means of escape

  • Fire signage

  • Fire detection and fire alarms

  • Fire detection system categories

  • Control panels

  • Zoning

  • Fire, smoke and heat detectors

  • Sounders

  • Call points

  • Cabling

  • Suppression systems

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Hose reels

  • Fire blankets

  • Sprinklers

  • Fire hydrants

  • Dry and wet risers

  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

  • Risk assessment

  • Assessment methods

  • Training records

  • Fire-trained staff

  • The fire drill

  • Refuges