Design for fire quiz


Please answer the following 10 multiple choice questions, then click 'submit' to check the result. The pass mark for a CPD certificate is 8 out of 10, and you may retake the quiz as many times as you wish, but the questions will vary! Please note that one, two, three or all of the possible answers presented for each question may be right, and to gain a mark for that question all correct answers must be identified.

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Design for fire

The most widely used source of information for the design of fire precautions in buildings in England is?

Technical Handbook 2
Approved Document B
Technical Booklet E

Which of the following is not a correct conclusion following the Cardington fire tests?

That composite steel deck construction has significantly greater reserves of strength than is indicated by tests of individual members
That columns are critical stabilising elements and must be protected
That all beams supporting composite steel deck floors do not need to be protected in order to prevent structural collapse in fire
That the results are applicable to forms of construction other than steel frames with composite steel deck floors.

Structural steel in single storey buildings does not generally require fire protection. Which of these situations is not an exception to that rule?

The steel is in an external wall which must retain stability to prevent fire spread to adjacent buildings
The steel forms part of a compartment wall or the enclosing structure of a protected zone
The building contains a valuable cargo which must be protected and so the building must be protected against collapse
The steel forms part of a separating wall

Which of the following is/are true?

Approved Document B must be used in the design of fire precautions in England?
The use of Approved Document B for the design of fire precautions in buildings in England is deemed to satisfy the requirements of the Building Regulations.
It is not necessary to use Approved Document B for the design of fire precautions in England if it can be shown that you have met the requirements of the Building Regulations in some other way.
The use of Approved Document B does not guarantee that all buildings will be safe in fire

What is the word or phrase used to describe the moment when simultaneous ignition of the contents of a fire compartment takes place?

Super ignition
Auto ignition

How does an element of construction demonstrate that it can perform a fire resisting function if required?

Through trial and error in real building fires
Through a detailed theoretical study
Via a fire test carried out in accordance with a standard acceptable in the country in which that element is to be used
Via tests carried out in the manufacturer's own furnaces

The maximum period of fire resistance required in the documents published by Government across the UK to help meet the requirements of their Building Regulation is?

60 minutes
90 minutes
120 minutes
240 minutes

Which of the following statements is correct?

The standard fire test is always a good representation of what happens in a real building fire.
A standard fire test on composite steel deck floors is a good indicator of how these floors will behave in real fires.
Continuous composite steel deck floors generally have much greater strength in fire than is indicated by the standard fire test on isolated elements.
The standard fire test is unsafe.

Which of the following are commonly used to provide fire protection of structural beams and columns in the UK?

Thin film intumescent coatings
Reinforcing steel and concrete between the flanges

Where a single storey building must retain stability to prevent fire spread to adjacent buildings (i.e. a boundary condition), the most efficient method of designing is usually to?

Fire protect the whole building
Fire protect the stanchions along the affected wall(s) and design the bases to resist the overturning moment from collapse of the unprotected rafters
Fire protect selected frames of the building
Rely on the owner of the adjacent building to install cladding capable of resisting the fire spread