Building Change Fire Risk Assessment

Apr 22, 2023 | Building, Electrical, Industrial, News

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When a company makes any change to the external or interior structure of their commercial buildings, they should always consider a Building Change Fire Risk Assessment.

Any large construction project usually involves an architect and also a builder.  Both should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the fire and safety regulations the works will need to comply with.

These will usually be considered in the architectural drawings and recommendations.

However, there are occasions when works may be considered minor, and their impact on the fire risk may be underestimated.

For this reason, if you are considering any changes to the design or layout of your building, including the installation of new furniture, fixtures and fittings our advice is to always err on the side of caution and carry out a new fire risk assessment.

Projects that might require a building change Fire Risk Assessment

Several types of building projects might necessitate a new fire risk assessment to ensure compliance with fire and safety regulations and to protect people and property. Some examples include:

    1. Renovations or refurbishments: Upgrading the interior or exterior of a building, changing wall or partition configurations, or updating building materials may impact fire safety features and escape routes.
    2. Change in building usage: If the purpose of the building changes, such as converting an office space into residential apartments or a warehouse into a retail space, the fire risk profile and required safety measures may also change.
    3. Building extensions or additions: Expanding the building footprint or adding new floors can affect fire compartmentalization, escape routes, and the coverage of fire detection and suppression systems.
    4. Installation of new systems: Adding new electrical, heating, or mechanical systems can introduce new fire hazards and may require modifications to existing fire protection systems.
    5. Modification of occupancy or layout: Changes in the number or type of occupants, or alterations to the layout or furniture arrangement, can impact fire load and escape routes, warranting a reassessment of fire risk.
    6. Structural modifications: Alterations to the building structure, such as removing or adding load-bearing walls, can impact the building’s fire resistance and may require adjustments to fire protection measures.
    7. Installation or modification of storage facilities: Introducing new storage areas or altering existing ones may change the fire risk profile, especially when storing hazardous or flammable materials.

    In all these cases, conducting a new fire risk assessment will help to identify any potential hazards or vulnerabilities and ensure that appropriate fire safety measures are in place to protect occupants and property.

Can Blake Contractors’ one stop shop help with your project?

Does your building contractor understand that any changes to the design, layout, or usage of a commercial building, whether major or minor, should be accompanied by a new fire risk assessment? Blake’s do.

As well as carrying out your building work, we can help you get an independent third party assessment and implement any recommendations through our sister company, Blake Fire & Security.

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