Fire Risk Assessment & Your Frequently Asked Questions:-

Q: Do the fire safety regulations apply to my block of flats common parts?
A: If you have premises that are visited by members of the public, are a voluntary organisation, are a landlord private or social or a local Authority or statutory body such as the police fire service etc. and have (remove 'with') control over a property premises, then you are subject to the Fire regulatory reform Act and you must undertake a fire assessment.
In short, the legislation applies to all multi occupied properties with very little exception.

Q: Whose responsibility is it to make my block compliant?
A: The legislation places a duty of care on a "responsible person" this could be the Management Company, Landlords, any other owners and occupiers of the premises to safeguard building, residents and members of the public from fire risk in their premises.
This means that all:
  • Employers.
  • People with control/responsibility for the block.
  • People that have a tenancy that relates to the maintenance and safety of the property. 
  • People who conduct a trade from the property.
All are responsible for ensuring that their premises have been fire risk assessed and are compliant with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

Q: I don't have the time/the staff/feel confident enough or wish to entertain the liability of carrying out a fire risk assessment, what do I do?
A: The legislation recognises that there are constraints on both time, skills and resources in all sizes of property, and therefore allows for the responsible person to engage a suitable outside professional agency or person (such as Home Counties Inspections) to undertake the fire risk assessment on your behalf and to prepare the necessary documentation to show that the property is compliant with fire safety regulations.

Q: What are the benefits of engaging Home Counties Inspections to undertake our fire risk assessment?
A: Our trained Fire risk surveyors:
  • Understand the relevant fire safety regulations.
  • Have training and experience in carrying out fire risk assessments for all sizes of properties and all kinds of property.
  • Have training, knowledge and experience in the principles of fire safety.
  • Carry detailed knowledge of the building regulations.
  • Understand the physics of fire development and the psychology of how people behave when fire breaks out.
  • Have been trained to identify fire hazards, fire risk, and buildings and occupants of buildings who pose special risk in the event of a fire. 
  • Carry full public liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Q: Will I be fully compliant with the new legislation if Home Counties carry out my fire risk assessment for me?
A: Yes. Assessments are earned out by a qualified surveyor, who will ensure that your property complies with the requirements of The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order.
Our comprehensive approach to fire risk assessment means that our assessments:
  • Ensure that you are compliant with fire safety legislation.
  • Reduce the risk of fires in your property.
  • Help you to develop safeguards to protect staff and visitors to your property.
  • Reduce the risk of fire to your home, your most precious asset.
  • Ensure that in the unlikely event of a fire in your property, damage and danger are limited.
  • We provide all our customers with a clear, easy to understand report that satisfies regulatory requirements and priorities our findings to allow you to deal with any problems, or potential problems, as quickly as possible. The report is supplied in electronic and printed formats, which can be used to demonstrate that you are compliant, for client reference and for insurance purposes.

Q: What happens in a fire risk assessment?
A: A fire risk surveyor makes a thorough tour of your premises, evaluating the building condition and age, its layout and building contents to identify potential fire hazards, ignition sources and combustible materials and means of escape in the case of fire. Checks are made on the fire equipment. access for appliances, local hydrants etc. The assessor will also note where current fire safety signage, current protocols for fire prevention and management, current fire safety equipment its condition and maintenance.

Q: What happens after the assessor has visited?
A: All of the information that has been gathered during the site(s) visit is analysed and used to produce the fire risk assessment report. The report is clear and easy to understand and features photographs and locations of the areas of concern; it will satisfy regulatory requirements and is acceptable for insurance purposes. The report prioritises our findings allowing you to deal with any problems, or potential problems, as quickly as possible.
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