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What Fire Regulations are in Place Within the UK?

By: Grace Bottomley

Fire regulations are continuously changing and improved to help ensure the protection of building structures and those individuals inside them are at the best they can be.

Fire Safety Regulations in the UK

The regulatory reform (Fire Safety) that would become the law in October 2006, saw a change in how fire safety of buildings would be managed and put in place from then on. It’s important that all buildings have the appropriate fire safety regulations in place to prioritise the safety of those in the building and of the building itself.

Fire Safety Regulations that Are in Place in the UK

There have been many updates to the fire safety regulations in 2021, with focus on high-risk residential buildings. These include changes involving the introduction of duty holders, responsible for managing risks across design, construction and occupation of buildings as well as mandatory reporting to the Building Safety Regulator of any fire and structural risks that could cause risk to life.

Passive Fire Protection is a provision that requires all UK buildings, regardless of whether they’re domestic or non-domestic to be in accordance with the Building Regulations 2010, Fire Safety, Approved Document B.

All buildings must have high fire resistant qualities, especially those in public establishments or very tall buildings. These factors that are met will influence the amount of fire protection the building has and for the structure to withstand a fire for a set time.

When it comes to UK fire regulations, these strict rules are put in place to help protect everyone, no matter what building they may be in.