What You Need To Know About South Africa's Building Regulation on Fire Protection

Building regulations

Anybody who visits South Africa can attest to the beauty of the land and the warmth and friendliness of its people. When it comes to enforcing laws, the leaders of the country have well-defined and strict building regulations as well as fire protection standards. If you are planning on putting up a building in this country, there are several important things that you need to remember when it comes to applying fire systems.

According to the SANS 10400 Building Regulations http://sans10400.co.za/fire-protection/, the Fire Protection regulation of South Africa states that all buildings should be constructed, designed and properly equipped to be prepared when a fire breaks out. In the unfortunate event of fire in any building, property owners should ensure the following:

1.) That all occupants and people using the building should be protected, including persons with disabilities.

2.) That the spread of the fire within the building and to other neighbouring buildings will be quickly and efficiently minimized.

3.) That there is sufficient stability in the building to ensure that the fire will not endanger any other building in the vicinity.

4.) That the spread of smoke will be controlled quickly and to the greatest extent reasonably possible.

5.) That all fire systems for detecting, fighting, controlling and extinguishing the fire are in place and are fully functional at all times.

According to the South Africa's building regulations, the Act will be fulfilled if and only if a building is constructed and equipped with everything that the SANS 10400 requires. In addition to that, local authorities must also be satisfied with the design and plan of the building before construction can begin.

The act further states that there are several requirements for effective fire protection in buildings in South Africa. They are the following:

1.) Fire resistance of division-separating elements

2.) Fire stability of structural elements

3.) Partition walls

4.) Raised access for elements made of combustible material

5.) Provision of accessible escape routes and emergency routes

6.) Proper ventilation of stairways in escape routes

7.) Fire detection and fire alarm systems

8.) Maintenance and provision of fire-fighting equipment and fire protection systems