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Clause 1.1 - Scope

The Code of Practice for Fire Precautions in Buildings, hereinafter called “the Code” or “this Code”, serves to establish the minimum requirements for fire safety provisions in all buildings. It takes into account the function, design, management, operation, and maintenance of buildings to secure the life safety of occupants and property safety in the event of a fire.

1.1.1 Rapid Transit System (RTS)

Fire safety requirements for underground, surface and elevated RTS including trainways, transit stations, train maintenance depots, on-line electric substations and RTS facility buildings, shall comply with “Code of Practice for Fire Precautions in Rapid Transit Systems”.

1.1.2 Fire safety requirements for laboratories handling hazardous chemicals

Laboratories storing and using chemicals/HazMat shall comply with SS 641.For the purpose of designing the ventilation system to limit the amount of flammable vapour/gases inside the laboratory, fresh air shall be drawn directly from an external space or air well. 

Note: Table 9.8K & Table 9.8L will be omitted from the Fire Code.

1.1.3 Fire safety requirements for road tunnels

Fire safety requirements for road tunnels shall be in compliance with NFPA 502.

1.1.4 Fire Safety Report

! Note to QPs on Clause 1.1.4

1. Fire safety report is to document the provision of fire protection and life safety features in the building and/or plants/installations. This report serves as a useful reference to FSMs, building owners, RIs, the SCDF and QPs appointed to carry out any subsequent additions and alteration works. Where the nature of the additions and alteration works would require the updating of the fire safety report, the QP shall be responsible to submit revised and updated report to the building owner/s and the SCDF.

2. The fire safety instruction manual is a document prepared by the QP to remind the building owner on the management of fire safety provisions within the building. This includes maintenance regimes for such provisions, evacuation procedures, and other relevant documents to be kept and maintained by the building owner. Any subsequent additions and alteration works shall be updated in the fire safety instruction manual.

3. The fire safety manual, including any subsequent updates, shall be submitted by the QP to the SCDF for record when making building plan submission. A copy of which shall be handled officially to the building owner for information and safe keeping before occupation of the building.

4. Details of the fire safety report and fire safety instruction manual can be found at SCDF's website: http://www.scdf.gov.sg.

Fire Safety Report for building projects/fire safety provisions specified by SCDF shall be submitted when making building plan submission.

1.1.5 Fire Safety Instruction Manual (Appendix 2)

! Note to QPs on Clause 1.1.5

1. Fire safety report is to document the provision of fire protection and life safety features in the building and/or plants/installations. This report serves as a useful reference to FSMs, building owners, RIs, the SCDF and QPs appointed to carry out any subsequent additions and alteration works. Where the nature of the additions and alteration works would require the updating of the fire safety report, the QP shall be responsible to submit revised and updated report to the building owner/s and the SCDF.

2. The fire safety instruction manual is a document prepared by the QP to remind the building owner on the management of fire safety provisions within the building. This includes maintenance regimes for such provisions, evacuation procedures, and other relevant documents to be kept and maintained by the building owner. Any subsequent additions and alteration works shall be updated in the fire safety instruction manual.

3. The fire safety manual, including any subsequent updates, shall be submitted by the QP to the SCDF for record when making building plan submission. A copy of which shall be handled officially to the building owner for information and safe keeping before occupation of the building.

4. Details of the fire safety report and fire safety instruction manual can be found at SCDF's website: http://www.scdf.gov.sg.

a.     Fire Safety Instruction Manual for building projects/fire safety provisions specified by SCDF shall be submitted when making application for Temporary Fire Permit or Fire Safety Certificate.

b.     The building owner shall maintain and keep the Fire Safety Instruction Manual at all times and present to the QP upon request. Where any Addition & Alteration works are carried out to the buildings, the building owner shall ensure that changes in the management of fire safety provisions are updated in the Fire Safety Instruction Manual by the QP. The updated Fire Safety Instruction Manual shall be submitted to SCDF for record.

1.1.6 Fire safety requirements for open plant processing structure

The design of open plant processing facilities in the oil, chemical and process industries shall comply with SS 634.

1.1.7 Fire safety requirements for pipeline service corridors

The design, construction and operation of pipeline service corridors shall comply with SS 512.

1.1.8 Fire safety requirement for storage of flammable liquids

The safe storage of flammable liquids shall comply with SS 532.

1.1.9  Fire safety requirement for storage of flammable particulate solids under Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Class 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3

Facilities storing flammable particulate solids classified under Class 4.1 (Flammable solid), 4.2 (Substance liable to spontaneous combustion) and 4.3 (Substance dangerous when contact with water) of the GHS shall comply with SS 667.

Updated 1 Sep 2022