Fire Risk Assessment for Flats London

If you own, manage or are responsible for a building or business that is categorised as a ‘flat’ then you need to comply with fire safety law. This states that flats, whether they are individual, in a block, purpose built or a conversion, are required to undergo a fire risk assessment.

Unfortunately, fire safety is something that those responsible for buildings can often make the mistake of overlooking, and this can result in unnecessary exposure to fire risks, damage to property and serious harm or even loss of life for occupants.

At T2 Fire, our experienced fire safety specialists are on hand to take control of your fire risk assessments for you, delivering a fast, effective and affordable service that helps to keep your buildings and everyone in them safe.

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What is a Fire Risk Assessment?

In England and Wales, it is a requirement that all blocks of flats and large houses with multiple occupants have a Fire Risk Assessment (FRA).

A fire risk assessment should be at the centre of every building’s fire safety plans. It is a planned, in-depth and methodical review of a building that is used to assess fire risks. They help to identify any issues or potential hazards and provide recommendations for changes that need to be made in order to greatly reduce or remove the risks.

When it comes to flats, fire risk assessments should cover the shared areas of the building that all people have access to and can use such as entrance halls, common stairwells and corridors. It is the responsibility of the residences themselves to take the necessary precautions to ensure that their own flats are safe from fire.

What Does a Fire Risk Assessment for Flats Entail?

An effective fire risk assessment takes into account numerous fire risk factors, the building’s general fire precautions in the shared areas and preventative measures or action that needs taking to make the flat safer.

A fire risk assessment should look at:

  • The building’s layout, overall construction and use
  • The nature and number of occupants, including those who are vulnerable
  • How likely is it that a fire could start
  • The buildings history of fire related incidents
  • Potential consequences if a fire did start
  • What can be done to minimise the risk of fire starting or spreading in the building

Some measures that may need to be taken include:

  • Reducing the risk of fire starting in vulnerable areas with no smoking warning signs or regular checks of electrical sockets and lights
  • Introduce fire doors that help to limit the spread of fire
  • Use fire alarms to alert people when there is a fire in the building
  • Ensure that there are clear and safe escape routes out of the building
  • Make residents aware of what to do in the event of a fire using an emergency plan
  • Install fire extinguishers or sprinklers to help reduce the harm caused if a fire does start

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Fire Risk Assessment for Converted Flats London

Having a fire at any property is devastating and can leave owners, landlords and tenants facing the loss of homes, property, possessions and income, not to mention the dangers of potential harm to people that can occur.

At T2 Fire our trusted, reliable experts deliver comprehensive risk assessments of residential flats that help to take the weight off of your shoulders and provides peace of mind knowing that your buildings fire safety has been taken care of. Get in touch today to speak to one of our friendly advisors about fire risk assessments for a block of flats.

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