Hotels and Hostels
Hostels are typically described as cheaper accommodation, in which there aren’t private rooms, but instead dormitory style sleeping arrangements with shared facilities, such as bathrooms and social rooms.
Due to the sleeping arrangements, hotels and hostels can house many people at one time, which can increase fire risks. The increase of belongings and possible fire hazards on escape routes can often be detrimental to escaping a fire in a hotel and hostel.
Every year, 1000s of people are involved in fires in hostels, with around 50-100 dying, mostly from smoke inhalation.
Along with sharing rooms, the shared facilities can also deem a higher risk, with more people using cooking facilities, adding to possible risks.
Over the years, hotels and hostels have been targeted by arsonists across the world, with various cases that have ended in unfortunate fatalities. With the addition of a fire suppression system to your hostel, you can provide your visitors and guests further peace of mind when staying with you.
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188.8.131.52 Multi-Basement Buildings
For dwellings with multiple floors below ground level, a protected stairway, and an AWFSS, 9m meters should not be exceeded for from the foot of the protected stair to any habitable room
6.4 (b) Dwelling Houses with one or more storey greater than 7.5m in height (4 storeys)
A second, separate protected stairwell is not required if AWFSS is fitted throughout.
9.1 (d) Internal Planning of Flats and Maisonettes
Flats or maisonettes with an open plan arrangement and more than one floor should have a protected stairway and AWFSS fitted. This allows escape to the shared external entrance.
9.7 Open Plan Layouts
Open planned flats are permissible with a fully fitted AWFSS
9.3 (b) Provision of inner rooms in flats not more than 4.5m in height
Inner rooms are not suggested unless the use of an AWFSS is utilised throughout the entire building, along with a grade D LD1 Fire detections and fire alarm system in accordance with BS 5839-6:2013.
9.4.2 (a) Extended travel distances within an open-plan flat
Flats more than 4.5m above ground level that are entered on the same level can increase total travel distances to the entrances from 9m to 20m with the use of AWFSS throughout the entire building, along with a LD1 fire detection and fire alarm system in accordance with BS 5839-6:2013.
11.1 Flats where occupants are not capable of independent evacuation
It is possible to use provisions o an AWFSS where the use of the building is required for people not capable of independent evacuation (excluding common corridors and stairways). It is further possible to protect common areas (excluding common corridors and stairways) using provisions of an AWFSS where the use of the building is required for people not capable of independent evacuation.