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Fire Codes

Fire Codes

The following are a regulations that fall under local fire authorities’ specifications. These should be considered when planning and coordinating space, decorations, etc., in the ballrooms and meeting rooms.
- Where exits are not immediately accessible from an open floor area, safe and continuous passageways, aisles or corridors shall be maintained leading directly to every exit and shall be so arranged as to provide convenient access for each occupant to at least two exits by separate ways of travel.
- The aisle needs to be as wide as or wider than the exit to which they are leading.
- There will not be any setup permitted in front of any exit doors.
- Staggering of dining tables is not permitted.
- All room sets must be in compliance with the local Fire Department regulations pertaining to occupancy load, mandatory aisles and ceiling clearance fire exits.
- Any event which has vehicle displays, fog machines, fueled cooking demonstrations, laser exhibits (including tabletop) or extensive productions with staging and props must have a certified permit from the local Fire Marshall.
- All associated fees for permits, floor plan approval and stand-by fire watch are your responsibility and final approved copies must be received at least twenty eight days prior to the event.
- Every required exit, exit access or exit discharge shall be continuously maintained free of all obstructions or impediments to full instant use of fire or other emergency.
- No furnishings, decorations, or other objects shall be placed so as to obstruct exits, access thereto, egress there from, or visibility thereof.
- Hangings or draperies shall not be placed over exit doors or otherwise located as to conceal or obscure any exit.
- Mirrors shall not be placed on exit doors. Mirrors shall not be placed in or adjacent to any exit in such a manner as to confuse the direction of the exit.
- No open flame devices shall be used in any meeting rooms. When necessary for ceremonial or religious purposes, the fire marshal has jurisdiction to permit open flame lighting under such restrictions as are necessary to avoid danger of ignition of combustible materials or injury to occupants.
- Any furnishings, decorations, and stage settings shall be fire retardant treated and must display certificate of proof.
- Local fire authorities in advance of event set-up shall approve all extensive production plans.
- Distance between tables must be equal to or greater than the required aisle width plus 19" for chairs on one or 38" for chairs on both sides.
- It is ultimately the group’s responsibility to ensure that your event complies with all applicable laws, including, but not limited to fire and safety codes, rules and regulations.
Please liaise with your Event Planner to ensure that all plans are approved by our on-site Health & Safety Officer

Fire Alarm


The hotels fire alarm system falls under category L1, which is designed for the protection of life and which has automatic detectors installed throughout all areas of the building (including roof spaces and voids) with the aim of providing the earliest possible warning. In addition, the hotel has a sprinkler system throughout the whole hotel.

A two-staged detection system is operated. If a fire detector is activated, then the system will go into pre-alarm allowing for the hotels fire team to seek and search for a fire within 300 seconds. The pre-alarm is not audible to guests.  If there is no fire, then the pre-alarm will be cancelled, but if a fire is found then the hotel will be evacuated. If two fire detectors are activated, then the system will automatically sound the full alarms.   The full alarm is a continuous sounding alarm.

The fire alarm is tested on a weekly basis, usually on Monday mornings at 0830hrs.  All employees, guests, visitors and delegates are informed of when the weekly fire alarm test will be via boards in the reception area and lifts.

On sound of the continuous alarm, evacuate using the nearest exit indicated by the green fire safety signs. The fire assembly point is located on car park 1 (opposite the main reception).
Your Event Relations Manager will be happy to brief your event on Fire Safety.

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