What are the amendments to the New British Standard?
There have been several updates to the current UK Fire System legislation including the fact that it is important to give accurate and unambiguous information to staff regarding the location of a fire especially if critical to the safety of life in premises such as residential care homes and hospitals.
Other amendments include the need for rapid summoning of the fire and rescue services in the event of a fire, appreciating that it is sometimes necessary to use only an addressable system in some cases, but where occupants of a building need assistance from staff to evacuate the building, the fire detection and fire alarm system should be accessible, if the premises sleeps more than 10 people.
Furthermore, a secondary automatic means of transmission might be warranted if the early attendance of rescue services is essential to safety in the event of a fire and a 'Responsible Person' must ensure that the premises are equipped for fire-fighting equipment, fire alarms and fire detectors.
The chosen 'Responsible Person' must arrange any necessary contacts with external services, in terms of rescue work, fire fighting, first aid and emergency medical care.
With this in mind, it is strongly recommended that ALL residential care premises carry out and review risk assessments so the New British Standards are taken into account.
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