Premises Information Plate
A Premises Information Plate (PIP) should be sited externally on high rise buildings, for the assistance of the attending Fire & Rescue service. These plates display relevant information on the layout of the building, its services and firefighting facilities.
To aid rapid understanding of the building layout, the plan is orientated correctly and marked with a ‘You Are Here’ point and road names adjacent to the building. Key firefighting facilities are displayed using clear, simple icons. Required hose lengths are displayed indicating, for example, the requirements to reach the furthest point of a flat from the dry riser or to reach the dry riser from the Hydrant. These are displayed as 1L (1 hose length), 2L etc.
How are these displayed?
The Premises Information Plate is digitally anoprinted onto 2mm aluminium measuring 600mm x 600mm, and is intended for display externally for the attending Fire & Rescue service.
Digital Anoprinting is a unique process that creates digital images inside the hard-anodised surface of aluminium. There is no surface print, the surface is pure and smooth anodised aluminium. This makes where signs may be subject to wear or abuse. It is particularly useful in apartment blocks and student accommodation, being very easy to clean, requiring no maintenance, and because the graphics are locked inside the hard-anodised surface they cannot be defaced or altered, and surface vandalism can be cleaned off.
Can they be used electronically?
All Premises Information Plates completed are also delivered electronically in PDF format, enabling them to be stored by the building owner, manager or local Fire & Rescue service. Other image formats can be provided for integration with any evacuation system or to make them available to incident commanders and control room managers.
Why are they recommended?
Following the publication of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report, it is recommended that the owner and manager of every high-rise residential building be required by law to provide their local fire and rescue services with up-to-date plans of every floor of the building identifying the location of key fire safety systems.
In Scotland, the government publication Practical fire safety guidance for existing high rise domestic buildings calls for PIPs to be installed on all existing high rise domestic buildings.