Dubai announces new fire safety standards

Dubai announces new fire safety standards

Dubai Civil Defence has announced new fire safety standards that mean some building materials, fittings and alarms within Dubai must now be certified by the Emirates Safety Laboratory.

Dubai Civil Defence has announced new rules, terms and safety requirements for testing, issuing certificates and registering products in the emirate to make it one of the safest and most sustainable cities in the world.

During an Iftar banquet during Ramadan, thought leaders from across the safety and security industry came together to discuss the future of their respective industry, discussing the qualitative leap the Emirates Safety Laboratory has taken in recent years.

Brigadier General Ali Hassan Al Mutawa, Assistant Director-General for Fire and Rescue Affairs, said: “Dubai Civil Defence aspires, through the implementation and the application of the new requirements, to enhance and raise the level of safety in the emirate of Dubai, in addition to continuing to provide competitive prices to manufacturers and project owners in order to ensure the provision of the best international quality services in the field of building and construction.”

The new regulations involve updated testing of cladding, façade systems and roof systems, prior to submission for product registration.

In addition, products with new requirements include: fire-resistant doors, cladding materials and façade systems, roofing systems, fire-resistant air duct systems and systems or pre-insulated, and fire-resistant cables.

More evaluation and stricter testing will ensure products of this range which are certified, are manufactured to the highest quality, to save lives.