Fire safety continues to be an evolving area, with new legislation and guidance recently introduced in the UK to better protect people and property. In this blog post, we'll summarise some of the key developments and changes in the fire safety landscape.
Proposed Lithium-Ion Battery Safety Bill
The Fire Protection Association (FPA) is backing a new bill that would strengthen the regulations around e-scooters, e-bikes, and their lithium-ion batteries. These devices have become increasingly popular, but bring fire risks if the batteries are faulty or damaged. The
proposed legislation would mandate certain safety standards.
New Fire Safety Guidance Documents
Following recent changes to UK fire safety laws, the Home Office has published updated guidance documents to help building owners, landlords, and other responsible persons understand and comply with the latest requirements for fire risk assessments. This includes clarification that external walls and flat entrance doors must now be considered.
Call for Improvements to Product Safety Laws
The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has responded to government consultations on modernising product safety frameworks. The NFCC calls for stricter regulations around the flammability of upholstered furniture and other consumer products, aiming to prevent injuries and loss of life from household fires.
Developing a Fire Risk Assessor Standard
The Fire Sector Federation (FSF) plans to create a British Standard based on their fire risk assessor benchmark. This would further professionalise the field and ensure competency standards for those conducting fire risk assessments on buildings.
The Six Classes of Fire
Not all fires burn the same. An article explores the different fire classifications and the recommended extinguishing methods for each. Knowing how to respond appropriately can stop fires from worsening and spreading.
These are just some of the latest fire safety and regulatory developments covered in the source documents. As always, staying informed on codes and best practices is key to promoting fire prevention and effective response.