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Fire Precautions

Definition - What does Fire Precautions mean?

Fire precautions are the measures taken and the fire protection features provided in a building that are designed to minimize the risk to the occupants from the outbreak of fire.

The term general fire precaution (GFP) is used to describe the structural features and available equipment used to ensure occupants of a building are able to exit the building and gather in a safe place in the event of a fire.

General fire precautions include such things as:

  • Escape routes and fire exits
  • Fire fighting equipment
  • Raising the alarm
  • Making emergency plans
  • Limiting the spread of the fire

Safeopedia explains Fire Precautions

In the event of a fire, the main priority is to ensure that people inside a building are able to exit the building and gather in a safe place away from the fire.

The specific general fire precautions will vary from site to site, however, a means of escape needs to be available for every person on the site. This includes situations where workers are in transient situations, such as on the roof or in a lifting gear room.

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