Fire safety equipment within residential buildings
Owners of residential premises, such as a block of flats, need to be aware of the different aspects of legislation which they have to conform to regarding fire safety equipment.
Landlords should be aware that any communal areas such as hallways and stairways which are used by two or more flats are covered by The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.
This legislation states that the responsible person, in this case a landlord, must:
- Take such general fire precautions as may reasonably be required in the specific circumstances to ensure that the premises are safe.
- Carry out a fire risk assessment in order to identify fire precautions needed to comply with the requirements of the Order:
- To the extent that it is appropriate, provide fire-fighting equipment, fire detectors and alarms which are easily accessible, simple to use and identified by signage. There must also be a system in place for maintaining any fire-fighting equipment.
- To make sure that routes to emergency exits from the property and the exits themselves are kept clear at all times.
- To produce appropriate safety procedures to be followed in the event of imminent danger.
The Fire Safety Act 2021 has now provided the legal basis for carrying out recommendations from the Grenfell Inquiry. In particular, apartment owners or leaseholders must ensure that any front door in a block of more than a single dwelling which opens onto a common escape route meets the current standards for fire resistance and smoke which are known as FD30 fire doors. These fire doors should also be inspected by a competent person on an annual basis. Surefire help our customers to meet their legal obligations for fire door inspections, providing comprehensive reports.
As well as abiding by these regulations, landlords must also follow the rules set out by The Housing Act 2004. This explains the requirements of fire safety in a rented home and how tenants must have an easy escape route in case of a fire.
Landlords have a legal duty to carry out these obligations and Surefire can help with this. If you are concerned about being the person responsible for following the fire safety laws, then it would be sensible to ask for professional help.
We have exceptional experience and qualifications for conducting Fire Risk Assessments with options to suit every budget. We can help identify hazards and what fire safety equipment is needed. If you would like to find out how we can help you, then please contact us now.
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