Fire Retardant Notice Boards (often referred to as Flame Resistant Notice Boards) must be used in various locations to ensure fire safety in schools, workplaces and fire escape routes etc. Specifically, corridors, stairways, kitchens, workshops, laboratories, fire escape routes, and public areas are among some of the spaces that fire retardant notice boards are required. Please call us on 01539 628309 for more information on fire safety.
All public buildings (schools and universities etc) fall under the requirements of the ‘Buildings and Fire Precautions Legislation’ and therefore must meet stringent standards relating to the use of fire doors, fire compartmentation and appropriate fire resistant building materials within the building
In the event of fire, open notice boards (as opposed to lockable notice boards) which have paper or other flammable material attached can significantly reduce the protection provided by fire resistant building materials and compartmentation in the event of fire.
Therefore it is incumbent that there are appropriate rules in respect of wall-mounted notice boards. We recommend the following guidance:
Dead End Corridors. Protected Stairways And Lobbies To Protected Stairways
No open type notice boards allowed. Where there is no alternative means of escape from a corridor then only notice boards which meet Class 0 requirements will be permitted.
Corridors With An Alternative Means Of Escape
We still recommend Class 0 products, however notice boards meeting Class 1 requirements, open type with fire resistant material covering, may be used in a corridor with an alternative means of escape provided that the surface area of the Class 1 materials does not exceed 20% of the total ceiling and wall surface area of the corridor. The remaining area must be Class 0.
Large Open Spaces
In these areas, only notice boards to Class 0 requirements may be installed.