If there was a fire in your property, or one that you occupy, you’d want measures in place to slow or stop its spread. This can be achieved by dividing the building using fire-resisting walls, floors, ceilings and doors – often referred to as ‘compartmentation’.
This can minimise property damage and business disruption while also saving lives. It can also help employers and property owners meet their legal obligations to provide and maintain safe premises for people to use.
Existing Building Regulations pay particular attention to fire safety standards in new buildings. But, alterations made later on, like unprotected openings for wiring between rooms can have a negative effect, allowing fire and/or smoke to spread more quickly.