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Fire Safety Law in Commercial Buildings Revised

BS 9999:2017 Fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings – Code of practice has been updated.

The updated standard intends to provide good practice to safeguard the lives of fire-fighters and building occupants. BS 9999 provides recommendations and advice on the provision of measures to control or mitigate the effects of fire, including the environment and business continuity.

The main objective of the order is to make sure that you can achieve a good standard of life safety in the event of a fire. The revised standard will be applicable to the design of new buildings and to alterations, extensions and material change in an existing building.

BS 9999 has been revised to align with the current standard of good practice, new technology and consistency with other recently revised safety standards including, BS 9990 and BS 9991.

The changes in the BS 9999 standard are:

  • An inclusion of a flowchart showing the sequential steps in the design process, to assist users in the application of the standard
  • Revised clause on fire safety management with references to PAS 7
  • Inclusion of watermist fire suppression systems
  • Expansion of the guidance on voice alarms
  • Expansion of fire growth rates table to provide more information

The new standard also features updated advisories for smoke and heat control, fire curtain barrier assemblies, mechanical ventilation and air-conditioning systems, shopping centres and ducting.

BS 9999 does not apply to the following types of buildings, which are covered in BS 9991: dwellings (single-family dwelling houses, self-contained flats or maisonettes); and residential accommodation blocks, eg for students or hospital staff, with individual bedrooms and the provision of kitchen/sanitary facilities constructed within a fire compartment.

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