Dubai’s new fire code to be announced next week

The code will be officially announced at the Intersec’s fire safety conference on 22 January, a senior official has revealed

The new code will be an update of the existing code.
The new code will be an update of the existing code.

The updated Fire and Life Safety Code of Practice in the UAE will be announced in Dubai next week, a senior Dubai Civil Defence official has said.

The code will be officially announced at the Intersec’s fire safety conference on 22 January, Lieutenant Colonel Ali Al Mutawa, Assistant General Manager for Smart Services at Dubai Civil Defence has revealed, according to Zawya Projects.

The code however will not have any impact on projects where construction has already started, he added.

“The new code is an update of the existing code, so it will not have an impact on ongoing projects,” he said.

“Chapters that have been updated include those relating to fire doors, cladding in buildings and access for Civil Defence trucks to reduce incident response times.”

Earlier this month, Paul Madden, senior project manager of fire and rescue services at Restrata, gave his insight on the upcoming fire code in a comment piece to Construction Week.

He said: “The new code is expected to set a minimum fire safety standard and designate the building owner as the ‘Responsible Person’."

“The Responsible Person, or the person acting on their behalf, will be required to carry out certain fire safety duties, which includes ensuring general fire precautions are satisfactory, conducting a fire risk assessment, and following up with relevant policy implementation and training where necessary.”

The code was originally due to come out in March last year after The Address – Downtown fire highlighted concerns of fire safety in the country.

The release date was then pushed to January 2017 as authorities continued to work on new regulations and safety requirements.

The new law will give consultants involved in fire safety more responsibility and will need them to pass more stringent training to get their credentials approved by Civil Defence.
 

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