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June 18, 2021

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FIA and NFCC release new Premises Information Box (PIB) Code of Practice for residential buildings

Designed to support new legislation and guidance set to be introduced by the Government in response to the Phase 1 report of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations, the Fire Industry Association (FIA) and National Fire Chiefs’ Council (NFCC) have released a new Code of Practice for Premises Information Boxes (PIBs) in residential buildings. 

In the quickly shifting grounds of new legislation, new regulators and the recommendations of the Grenfell Tower inquiry, there is a need for guidance to promote best practice to ensure consistency of application and regulation; especially in keeping resident’s safe in high rise residential buildings. Equally, the principles could be applied to a range of other premises where there would be a need for the provision of emergency response plans and to ensure the safety of occupants using dependable, readily available, concise and clearly presented information.

The FIA and NFCC have highlighted there is a crucial need to ensure such information is available to the fire and rescue service in a consistent format to assist with the emergency response, especially taking into account vulnerable residents who may have mobility, cognitive or sensory impairments.

The new guide is designed to help ensure that those most in need of support are fully considered in the decisions and plans for managing an incident.

The guide covers several areas, including:

  • Scope
  • Location of the PIB
  • Security of the PIB
  • Signage
  • Emergency Response Pack
  • Maintenance of the PIB
  • Exchange of information and definition of responsibilities

The guide includes a foreword from the FIA’s CEO, Ian Moore, who will be speaking at FIREX Connect on Thursday 24th June on making buildings safer. Register to join us for free, below!

The guide is available for free download from the FIA’s website, here. 

Connect with the fire safety community online 1-30 June

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FIREX Connect, the month-long online event, will give attendees the opportunity to make up for lost time by browsing fire safety solutions, connecting with suppliers and getting up-to-date on the latest legislation from the comfort of your home.

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