Your building’s means of escape and firefighting strategy may include lifts.

You have probably noted that the vast majority of lifts are fitted with notices stating they are not to be used in the event of a fire? There are good reasons for this including the possibility of the electrical supplies being burnt out and trapping passengers inside lifts in a burning building, the lift shaft acting as a chimney to spread fire and funnel smoke and also the possibility of the lift doors opening on to a floor of the building where the fire is and that’s not to mention avoiding groups of people waiting for lifts rather than evacuating the building as quickly as possible or too many people trying to get in the lift in a panic and causing the lift safety devices to stop the lift moving due to the overloaded weight.

Two types of lift design may be associated with fire strategy requirements.

A firefighting lift will be required dependent on the height of the building above or the depth of the building below fire and rescue service access levels. The requirement is for a lift designed to have additional protection and with controls that enable it to be used under the direct control of the fire and rescue service in fighting a fire. All of these aspects of the lift come under the regulatory requirements; the lift car, the lift well, the lift machinery space, the lift control system and the lift communications system.

An evacuation lift is intended to be used as part of a management strategy to get people out of a building in a fire situation. They will require appropriate protection and safety features.

These types of lift impose requirements beyond the lifts themselves such as electrical supplies that will not fail in a fire situation, systems to enable remote communications and provisions to deal with fire fighting water entering lift shafts.

We are able to provide both of these types of lift installation if your building’s design necessitates them.