Details should be provided regarding the ‘specifications of any fire safety equipment provided, including routine maintenance schedules.’
Building Bulletin 100: design for fire safety in schools
The publication of Building Bulletin 100 (BB 100) is intended to improve fire safety in schools. The guidance aims to makes schools a much safer place for children. Below are some of the measures that are highlighted in the document:
‘Any door in a fire-resisting or compartment wall will be a fire door, designed to resist the passage of fire and smoke (when closed). Fire doors are used on escape routes to sub-divide long corridors and thus ensure that no more than a short stretch of corridor leading to an exit is likely to become smoke-logged during a fire.’
‘Within the detailed design guidance, fire doors are the normal method for preventing fire/smoke spread into/within escape routes.’
‘In general, doors on escape routes (whether or not the doors are fire doors), should either not be fitted with lock, latch or bolt fastenings, or they should only be fitted with simple fastenings that can be readily operated from the side approached by people making an escape.’
BS 8214:2016 Timber-based fire door assemblies Code of Practice
Recommendations for Timber based fire door assemblies can be found at BS 8214:2016 which is the Timber-based fire door assemblies Code of Practice. The document provides guidance and for the specification, maintenance and installation of fire doorsets. The detail includes the marking of fire-resistant glass, sealing between the door and frame, fire resistance classifications, and smoke and fire seals, to name some elements.