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We’ve listed out some of the questions we frequently get asked about our fire risk assessment service. If you have any other questions, feel free to get in touch.
The official legislation about Fire Risk Assessment requirements for different types of premises are listed below:
6.—(1) This Order does not apply in relation to —
(a)domestic premises, except to the extent mentioned in article 31(10);
(b)an offshore installation within the meaning of regulation 3 of the Offshore Installation and Pipeline Works (Management and Administration) Regulations 1995(1);
(c)a ship, in respect of the normal ship-board activities of a ship’s crew which are carried out solely by the crew under the direction of the master;
(d)fields, woods or other land forming part of an agricultural or forestry undertaking but which is not inside a building and is situated away from the undertaking’s main buildings;
(e)an aircraft, locomotive or rolling stock, trailer or semi-trailer used as a means of transport or a vehicle for which a licence is in force under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994(2) or a vehicle exempted from duty under that Act;
(f)a mine within the meaning of section 180 of the Mines and Quarries Act 1954(3), other than any building on the surface at a mine;
(g)a borehole site to which the Borehole Sites and Operations Regulations 1995(4) apply.
The above legislation states that that every type of building is covered by The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order. So if you’re responsible for any building, you are required to conduct fire risk assessments on a “regular basis”.
A residential fire risk assessment involves a systematic approach to enhance safety within homes. Initially, potential fire hazards are identified, encompassing scrutiny of electrical systems, heating appliances, cooking equipment, and flammable materials storage. This enables the identification of potential ignition sources and vulnerabilities that could lead to fire incidents.
After identifying hazards, a thorough evaluation of risks is conducted, considering the potential impact on both individuals and property. This assessment gauges the likelihood of fire occurrence and its potential consequences. Subsequently, tailored fire safety measures are devised. These strategies encompass the installation or upgrading of essential fire safety equipment such as smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and fire-resistant doors. For multi-story buildings, escape ladders might be recommended.
Overall, the assessment process empowers residents with the knowledge and tools to mitigate fire risks and safeguard their homes.
Fire safety regulations vary by location, but homeowners should focus on local requirements for smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and escape plans. Consulting local fire departments or experts is recommended.
It’s advisable to conduct a residential fire risk assessment annually. Additionally, assessments should be done when there are significant changes to the property, occupancy, or fire safety regulations.
Failure to comply with current Fire Safety Legislation is illegal in the U.K. Whether commercial or residential, your grounds can be inspected by the authorities to assess whether you are following all relevant fire safety legislation.
They will often ask for a copy of your most recent fire risk assessment report and confirm whether or not all necessary recommendations have been followed.
If you are found to not be complying with current legislation, the law can exercise the following options:
1) Carry out further inspection of the building.
2) Enforce a mandatory Fire Risk Assessment to be conducted as soon as possible which must be taken care of by the person responsible for the building (if one is not already arranged).
3) Serve Enforcement Notice requiring the Responsible Person to take the necessary steps to achieve legislative compliance within a set time frame.
4) Serve a Prohibition Notice which can result in the closure of the premises on a temporary basis. This can either be a full or partial closure.
5) Prosecute on the basis of non compliance with fire safety legislation (Up to 2 years in prison and an unlimited fine)
The FAQ section may be out of date at the time you are reading this, so we don’t recommend using the legislation on these pages as a substitute for the official pages.