Fire Safety and the Building Regulations
Fire safety in any new home is not achieved by one single measure. Instead, it is compiled from a collection of several different precautions — outlined in Part B of Building Regulations. Together, these precautions aim to protect life by:
- Providing escape routes from the home
- Restricting or preventing the spread of fire to or from neighbouring homes
- Restricting or preventing the spread of fire inside the home
- And by providing essential access for the fire brigade.
The Building Regulations on fire safety are divided into two volumes. The first volume deals exclusively with homes (excluding flats). They are much the same in all parts of the UK, but here we focus on the rules in England and Wales