Just because you have a new house built, an existing house renovated, or an old one demolished that is presumed to be safe according to the ones who made it, that doesn’t guarantee you that it is safe from common hazards such as fires. It is best to make sure that there is a plan for fire safety in the house, otherwise, it wouldn’t safe and legal to make, renovate, or demolish the house.
What Is A Fire Safety Plan?
A Fire Safety Plan is the plan that establishes or lays out the minimum requirements that will guarantee the safety of life and property from incidents like fire and other types of emergencies. Such a plan must comply with the building code and the fire code of the country or state, as well as other governing laws and regulations that may apply.
When Would You Need A Fire Safety Plan?
In case you haven’t known much yet about the formulation and implementation of fire safety plans, here are the criteria of the plans according to the types of building or project, which include the following: those not needing any plan, small buildings, and customized projects or buildings where special plans are used.
First of all, some certain structures or projects do not need any fire safety plan. These are projects and structures that are under $5,000 but may vary in other areas. Some examples include the building of utility sheds, renovating roofs, installing kitchen cupboards, and building fences.
The next one is when you have a small building, which has its fire safety plan. Some examples that fall under this include projects over $5,000 (which may vary in other areas), housing projects, unoccupied buildings, structures with three floors or less, and buildings that are less than 600 sq. meters.
The last one is when you have a customized project or building, to which you have an equally customized fire safety plan as well. These include all demolition projects, buildings occupied during construction or renovation, buildings with four floors or more, and buildings that are more than 600 sq. meters. For a detailed guide on fire security and fire watch services, I advise you to do a proper research online.
What Happens If You Have No Fire Safety Plan?
Having a Fire Safety Plan is highly important for every building, especially those which are required to have one. Otherwise, not having such a plan is considered unlawful – whether it be in construction, renovation, or demolition. You may be ordered to stop or remove your project if you have no fire safety plan.
What A Fire Safety Code Should Have
A valid fire safety plan is one that contains the following elements and information: one, the emergency procedures to be used in case of emergency must be there. Another one is the procedures of the plan on evacuation training of site personnel, such as orientation, regular meetings, and regular fire drills.
Lastly, there must be a number of essential services and equipment that are needed for firefighting and fire prevention. There must be fire extinguishers, sprinklers, hydrants, and other needed equipment and services to ensure fire safety at all times.