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Fire Regulations

Understanding Different Types of Fire Regulations and Their Requirements

No matter the type of building—residential or commercial—fire safety is of the utmost importance. Fire laws are crucial since fires can result in significant damage and even fatalities. The many fire regulations and their requirements will be covered in this article.


Building Regulations

Building regulations are a set of rules and standards that are put in place to ensure that buildings are constructed to a minimum standard of safety. These regulations cover a wide range of aspects. From the design and construction of the building to its use and occupancy. 

The regulations require buildings to have fire-resistant walls, doors, and windows to prevent the spread of fire. They also require fire escapes and emergency lighting to help people evacuate the building in case of a fire. Additionally, building regulations require the installation of smoke alarms and fire extinguishers in strategic locations throughout the building.


Fire Safety Order

The Fire Safety Order is a set of regulations that were introduced in 2005 to replace the old fire safety laws. These regulations are designed to prevent fires and to ensure that people can safely evacuate a building in case of a fire. 

The Fire Safety Order applies to all non-domestic premises and requires that a fire risk assessment is conducted on the premises. This assessment identifies potential fire hazards and recommends measures to reduce fire risk. The Fire Safety Order also requires the appointment of a responsible person to oversee fire safety in the building.


Fire Precautions Act

The Fire Precautions Act is a set of regulations that were introduced in 1971 and were replaced by the Fire Safety Order in 2005. However, some buildings that were constructed before 2005 may still be subject to the Fire Precautions Act. 

This Act requires the installation of fire safety equipment, such as fire alarms and fire extinguishers, in buildings. It also requires that buildings have adequate means of escape, such as fire exits, and that regular fire drills are conducted to ensure that occupants know how to evacuate the building in case of a fire.


Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order is a set of regulations that were introduced in 2005 and apply to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales. These regulations require the responsible person to carry out a fire risk assessment and implement measures to reduce the risk of fire. 

They also require the installation of fire detection and warning systems, emergency lighting, and fire doors. Additionally, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order requires the provision of adequate means of escape, such as fire exits and escape routes.



In conclusion, fire safety regulations are essential to ensure the safety of occupants and prevent damage caused by fires. Building regulations, the Fire Safety Order, the Fire Precautions Act, and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order are all designed to address different aspects of fire safety. 

Building owners and responsible persons must be aware of these regulations and ensure that their buildings are compliant with them. Conducting regular fire drills and training occupants on fire safety measures can also reduce the risk of fire and ensure a safe evacuation in case of a fire.


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At RAD Fire Sprinklers, we install all of our home fire sprinkler systems in line with BS9251 fire regulations. For twenty years, RAD Fire Sprinklers have installed fire and water sprinklers. Fill out this form if you’d like more information about our services. Alternatively, call us at 01892 680 090. Follow us on Twitter to stay up to date.

Mist system was a great solution for our renovation needs and them team at RAD have been great. Always communicated clearly and been on hand to discuss over the phone as needed. Would highly recommend!
09:32 17 Jul 22
I have used RAD for a couple of projects and found them to be good to deal with. They did a pair of 3 storey open plan houses and seven three and four story town houses. The sprinklers were to improve fire safety, allow more flexible space and comply with building regulations. The sprinklers were far more cost effective than the mist type systems and look very discrete when installed.
Paul Jeary
15:50 11 Jul 22
It has been a pleasure to deal with RAD for installation of fire sprinklers at our site is Sevenoaks. They were fast, professional, working to time and quote, which made it easy to work with them.
Katrina Horobin
12:03 29 Jun 22
My requirement was a bit unusual for RAD in that I wanted a mist system in one room of a rented house. I had no drawings or technical back up. RAD were very helpful and repositioned the unit after the initial installation. Luckily with the help of Sonny, the engineer it all worked out very well.
Simon Gurney
16:16 12 May 22
I have used RAD for the last 10 years for all of my housing developments in need of a sprinkler system. Easy process from start to finish and no issues or problems throughout. Always someone at hand to answer a querie and we have a great working relationship with the team at RAD. Would highly recommend.
15:33 12 May 22
Diligent & a very professional team. A joy to deal with. Will certainly be calling on them to help with many more future schemes.
Jason Tema
22:17 08 Jul 19
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17:53 01 Jul 17
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07:15 16 Dec 16
As somebody who feels that it should be a necessity for all properties to have fire sprinkler systems, I am a big fan of this company. I have used them numerous times to service my home system and they are very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend their service.
Kate Fraser
09:25 30 Mar 15
One look at Rad Fire Sprinkler's website will tell you that these guys know exactly what they are talking about when it comes to Fire Sprinklers and the legislation surrounding fire safety. A very trustworthy company.
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