HOW TO ACQUIRE A FIRE CERTIFICATE
Due to the complexities of
human activities fire hazards have gone up, so the challenges in fire safety
approach must therefore increase.
In the year 2003, a Legislative
Instrument named the Fire Precaution (Premises) Regulations 2003 LI 1724 was
passed giving backing to section 4, sub section (b) of the Fire Service Act
537. That is “To provide technical advice for building plans in respect of
structural layout to facilitate escape from fire, rescue operations and fire
The objective of this document
is to inform and educate the public and our numerous clients on this new
purpose of this document is to provide information on
the requirements an procedures which clients
(owners/occupiers) who qualify under the Fire Precaution
(premises) Regulation, 2003 LI 1724, have to follow to
ensure quick and speedy processing of their documents in
acquiring fire certificates for their premises (existing
IS A FIRE CERTIFICATE
It is a certificate issued by
the Chief Fire Officer certifying the adequacy of fire precaution measures
in a particular premise.
4. WHY A
This measure allows the Fire
Authority (GNFS) to insist or evaluate on Fire Safety Precautionary measures
in premises, to occupants or any person staying in that premises by ensuring
that they can escape from fire safety and quickly.
PREMISES ELIGIBLE FOR THE FIRE CERTIFICATE
The Law LI 1724 under
Regulation 1 states the following;
residential accommodation (Hotels, Guesthouse, Restaurant, Tourism Plants,
As a place of
work (eg. Offices etc)
For the purpose
of entertainment and recreational or as a club, etc.
As an institution
providing health treatment or care for infants, disabled or aged Persons.
For the purpose
which involves access to the premises by members of the public whether on
payment or not.
or occupier of the premises (place) which falls under section 5 above can
apply for fire certificate.
ACQUISITION/PURCHASING OF FORMS
Application Forms attached with
check-list are obtained at the Accounts Department at Fire Service
Headquarters, Osu Ring Road near Police Headquarters and the
Regional/District Fire Headquarters all over the country. There are two
types of form;-
‘A’ - For existing premises
For proposed/ongoing projects
COMPLETION OF FORMS
Complete in full either Form
’A’ or ‘B’ and append contact person’s signature and other relevant
information. A duly authorize company’s representative can sign. When you
have difficulty in completing the forms contact our offices for advice or
DOCUMENT TO BE SUBMITTED
Submit application form (A or
B) with all the other attachments as specified in the check list.
Four (4) sets of
Fire Engineering drawings in the scale of 1:50, 1:10 and 1:20 (in hard
Four (4) sets of
fire installation protection or conceptual report on the project or
building, and other information demanded in the check list.
And an application letter
written on company’s letter head or logo and addressed to the Chief Fire
Officer or his representative. (Regional Fire Officer, District Fire Officer
The drawings and the report
submitted are subjected to review at a fee. This is provided in schedule 4
of the LI 1724, and it based on the total floor area of the structure in
place or as proposed. The fee is not fixed and varies depending on the floor
area and the height of the structure.