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Essential Safety Measures

When the construction of a building is complete, the building owner, and in some cases the building occupier, are responsible for its upkeep and maintenance, particularly its essential safety measures. 

What is an essential safety measure? 

Essential safety measures are the fire and life safety items that are installed or constructed in a building to ensure adequate levels of fire safety over the life of the building.

Essential safety measures include but are not limted to:

  • Air handling systems (used for smoke hazard management)
  • Exit doors
  • Early warning systems
  • Emergency lifts and lighting
  • Emergency lighting
  • Emergency power supply
  • Emergency warning systems
  • Exit signs
  • Fire control centres
  • Fire curtains and doors
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire detectors and alarm system
  • Fire hydrants
  • Fire isolated stairs
  • Fire rated materials
  • Fire windows
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Fire isolated passageways and ramps
  • Path of travel to exits
  • Smoke alarms
  • Smoke control systems
  • Sprinkler systems