FIRE SAFETY ACT 1997

FIRE SAFETY ACT 1997 PART B

B1 A building shall be so designed and constructed that there are adequate means of escape in case of fire from the building to a place of safety outside the building, capable of being safely and effectively used.
B2 For the purpose of inhibiting the spread of fire within a building, the internal linings—
(a) shall offer adequate resistance to the spread of flame over their surfaces; and
(b) shall have, if ignited, a rate of heat release which is reasonable in the circumstances.
B3 (1) A building shall be so designed and constructed that, in the event of fire, its stability will be maintained for a reasonable period.
(2)(a) A wall common to two or more buildings shall be so designed and constructed that it offers
adequate resistance to the spread of fire between those buildings.
(b) A building shall be sub-divided with fire resisting
construction where this is necessary to inhibit the spread of fire within the building.
(3) A building shall be so designed and constructed that the unseen spread of fire and smoke within concealed spaces in its structure or fabric is inhibited where necessary.
(4) For the purposes of sub-paragraph
2(a), a house in a terrace and a semi-detached house are each to be treated as being a separate building.
Means of escape in case of fire.
Internal fire spread (linings).
Internal fire spread (structure).
External fire spread.
Access and facilities for the fire service.
Preparation of site. Subsoil drainage.
Dangerous substances.
Resistance to weather and ground moisture.

Definitions for this Part.

B4 The external walls and roof of a building shall be so designed and constructed that they afford adequate resistance to the spread of fire to and from neighbouring buildings.
B5 A building shall be so designed and constructed that there is adequate provision for access for fire appliances and for such other facilities as may be reasonably required to assist the fire service in the protection of life and property.