DS/EN 81-72:2020

Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts – Particular applications for passenger and goods passenger lifts – Part 72: Firefighters lifts

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Harmonized under:
  • Directive 2014/33/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the harmonisation of the laws of the Member States relating to lifts and safety components for lifts Text with EEA relevance

Harmonized standards:

Building Regulations 2015​

Building work in new and altered buildings in Denmark

The Building Regulations contain the Danish rules for building work in new buildings, extensions, conversions and other rebuilding work, as well as changes in the use of buildings that are important in relation to the Danish Building Act or the Building Regulations, the demolition of buildings and alterations and other rebuilding work that may affect the consumption of energy in the building. The Building Regulations apply to building work carried out in the Danish market.

Their primary field of application is multi-storey buildings for residential purposes and all kinds of commercial, industrial and institutional buildings, including the categories listed in section 11 of the Danish Building Act, single-family houses for permanent residence, either as detached single-family houses or linked single-family houses, holiday homes in summer house areas, allotment sheds, campsite cabins and garages, outbuildings, and other secondary buildings.

You can read more about the Danish Building Regulations here:  http://bygningsreglementet.dk/


1.1 This document specifies the additional or deviating requirements to EN 81-20:2020 for new passenger and goods passenger lifts, which can be used for firefighting and evacuation purposes under firefighters control.

1.2 This document applies, when the following conditions are fulfilled:

- the lift well and the lift environment are designed to restrict the ingress of fire, heat and smoke to the lift well, machinery spaces and safe areas;

- the building design limits the flow of water into the lift well;

- the firefighters lift is not used as an escape route;

- the lift well and the lift environment are fire protected for at least to the same level as the building structure;

- the power supply is secure and reliable;

- the electrical cable(s) providing power to the lift is fire protected to the same fire protection level as given to the lift well structure;

- a suitable maintenance and verification plan is implemented.

1.3 This document does not cover:

- the use of lifts with partially enclosed wells for use as firefighters lifts;

- lifts installed in new or existing buildings, which are not included in fire resisting building structure;

- important modification to existing lifts.

1.4 This document does not define:

- the number of firefighters lifts and the floors to be served during firefighting operations;

- size of safe area(s);

- the use of other than the highest deck of a multi deck lift for firefighting operations.

1.5 This document deals with the significant hazards, hazardous situations and events relevant to firefighters lifts (as listed in Clause 4) when they are used as intended and under the conditions as foreseen by the installer.

1.6 The following significant hazards are not dealt with in this document and are assumed to be addressed by the building designer:

- not having enough or correctly located firefighters lifts to move the firefighters up the building;

- a fire in the firefighters lift well, safe area, machinery space or car;

- the absence of building floor identification signs at any floor;

- water management is not operating correctly.

Number of pages: 48

Published: 2020-07-30

Date of approval: 2020-07-27

International relationships : EN 81-72:2020 IDT

ICS: 91.140.90 - Lifts. Escalators

Item number: M323384



  • CEN/TC 10
  • CEN/TC 10/WG 6

Danish committee