The paper "A Number of Potential Fire Sources and Risk Points in the Details of the House Plan " is a great example of a report on engineering and construction. This report is about Mr. and Mrs. Jones newly constructed home’ s compliance with the fire safety regulations particularly the requirements set in Building Regulations 2000 or Approved Document B. In view of the need to determine compliance and apply the requirements of fire safety regulations in case of deficiencies, a critical evaluation of the house plan is necessary. Although the report found some minor problems with the house plan, it is generally in accordance with the standard specified by the current fire safety regulations. Introduction: Fires can be very tormenting and it is considered a serious threat in most homes.
It can destroy properties, harm individuals severely, and take people’ s lives. However, fires are preventable and can be controlled and there are some ways in which people can reduce the risk, occurrences, and spread of fires in their homes. Fire safety plans include structural features and procedures needed to achieve the overall aim of fire safety to ensure that everyone reaches safety if there is a fire.
Generally, it covers escape routes and fire exits, fire-fighting equipment, raising the alarm, making an emergency plan, and limiting the spread of fire through compartmentation since fire is divided buildings seldom spread from one room to another. More importantly, life safety for all persons must be properly considered, planned, implemented, and regularly checked. Escape routes, for instance, should be permanent, clearly identified, lead to a place of safety, well sing-posted, and unobstructed. An effective fire safety plan including systematic evacuation procedures and installation of fire detecting and suppression devices can help residents achieved a fire-safe home. The Report: 1.3 After examining the details of Mr.
and Mrs. Jones's house plan, a number of potential fire sources and risk points were found. In the Ground Floor: The external gas box located in the study and family room. The external electricity box The gas point at the utility room. Cooker in the kitchen and the kitchen itself may be considered a risk point. Fireplace at the lounge area. The CYL room situated in the third bathroom can be considered the only fire-starting place on the first floor. The positioning of Fire Alarms: The positions of smoke alarms are all satisfactory but the device located on the ground floor is questionable. The power supply to smoke alarms is self-contained or battery powered. B1: Means of warning and escape: Fire detection and fire alarm systems: 2.1 There were adequate smokes alarms installed and are strategically located throughout the Jones’ house plan.
Each story has two fire alarms installed and they are located in the stairway hall, which is correct and compliant to fire safety standard or building regulation 2000.
However, considering the location of the smoke alarm located on the ground floor, it has to remove or re-located since it is installed near and above the radiator. This is because air current produced by the radiator’ s high temperature might push the smoke away from the smoke alarm. Smoke alarms should be installed in places that do not get very hot. This specification is clearly stated in the building regulation for smoke alarms.
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