Fire Risk Assessment Residential London

Fire safety is a crucial part of owning or managing a residential property that isn’t a single private dwelling such as blocks of flats or apartments. All building management companies and landlords must comply with the relevant fire safety legislation in order to identify any potential hazards that need addressing to help protect against the risk of fire.

At T2 Fire our specialists offer comprehensive residential fire risk assessments that keep your property, its contents and inhabitants, safe and secure.

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Who is Responsible for Fire Risk Assessments?

For flats and apartments, there can sometimes be confusion over who is responsible for what areas when it comes to fire safety.

Landlord

It is the legal responsibility of the landlord, managing agent, owner (freeholder), property manager or management company to arrange fire risk assessments for all blocks of flats, apartments or houses that have been converted into two or more flats.

This covers all communal areas such as hallways, stairs, entranceways, corridors, the front doors on individual flats and any other shared areas within the property.

 

Tenants

Tenants are responsible for inside their own dwelling, and it is up to them to ensure that it is fire safe. This includes making sure they have functioning smoke detectors and any other fire detection, prevention and suppression equipment necessary to protect their residence. Tenants also need to do all they can to mitigate fire risks throughout the property such as making sure that fire escape routes are clear and that they are aware of fire safety measures and evacuation plans for the building.

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What Does a Residential Fire Risk Assessment Entail?

An effective fire risk assessment looks at the full picture of a building, taking into consideration its type, size, layout and those who use it from the perspective of fire prevention. The goal is to effectively recognise and understand potential risks that could cause a fire and identify ways that hazards can be reduced or removed to make the building and its occupants safer.

A residential fire risk assessment will consider;

  • The overall layout, construction and use of the building.
  • Potential hazards, ignition sources or materials.
  • The nature and number of occupants, including identifying any who are vulnerable due to age, illness etc.
  • Evaluating the risks found and taking action to ensure that they are resolved.
  • Properly documenting and recording any findings and remedial work.
  • Carrying out reviews when necessary.

 Some measures that may need to be taken include:

  • Reducing the risk of fire in vulnerable areas by regularly checking electrical sockets, lighting and adding no smoking signs.
  • Install fire doors that help to reduce the spread of fire.
  • Make sure that effective fire alarms are in place to alert residence there is a fire.
  • Ensure that all escape routes out of the building are kept clear.
  • Make all residents aware of the buildings fire emergency plan.

Residential Fire Risk Assessment London

At T2 Fire, we take all of the stress and hassle out of fire risk assessments and deliver a fast, reliable and cost-effective service that can help to provide landlords with peace of mind knowing that their property is safe and compliant.

If you would like to know how our residential fire risk assessment company can help you or if you have any questions about our services, then please do not hesitate to get in touch today and one of our friendly and knowledgeable team will be happy to help.

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