Fire Assessment & Safety Regulations in the UK

Aside from ensuring your building’s safety, a fire risk assessment can also save you from costly legal penalties. The following fire safety legislations require all types of buildings (excluding domestic residential property) in the UK to undergo fire risk assessment:

  • The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (England and Wales)
  • The Fire Safety Regulations 2006 (Scotland)
  • The Fire Safety Regulations 2010 (Northern Ireland)

This applies to public and commercial properties including offices, factories, schools, warehouses, hospitals, retail outlets, and other licensed premises.

It is the duty of landlords and property owners to ensure their tenants’ safety from fire-related accidents. Ideally, a fire risk assessment should be done annually to ensure maximum protection.

Fire Assessment & Safety Regulations in the UK

A fire risk assessment covers the following areas:

  • Efficiency of fire detection and warning systems
  • Accessibility of emergency exits and routes (including evacuation plans)
  • Maintenance and testing of firefighting equipment
  • Any flammable goods and storage that may be at risk
  • Proper fire safety training for the building’s occupants

A fire risk assessment covers areas

Importance of a Fire Risk Assessment

Promotes fire safety culture

A fire risk assessment enables you to equip tenants with appropriate safety instruction and training in the event of a fire. Adopting a fire safety culture can minimise incidents and promote everyone’s well-being.   

Reduces your property’s risk levels

A highly qualified assessor will examine all kinds of fire hazards including heaters, lighting, and fuel sources. Addressing these issues earlier can reduce risk level and increase the safety of your property.

Reliable Fire Risk Assessors

Prop Cert\'s team of surveyors are certified and trained to provide comprehensive fire risk assessment reports. Our fast turnaround time and attention to detail enables us to give the highest level of care to our customers and their properties.

Importance of a Fire Risk Assessment

  • Code C1 (\'Danger Present\') - Anybody using the faulty installation is at risk. A repair must be performed as soon as possible. A qualified person must ensure the installation will be safe to use moving forward.
  • Code C2 (\'Potentially Dangerous\') - There is no immediate threat but the damage is likely to pose a threat in the future.
  • Code C3 (\'Improvement Recommended\') –The damage may not present an immediate or potential danger but would result in a significantly safer environment if remedied.

Examples of Code C1 include exposed live wires that are accessible to human touch and conductive parts that have become exposed.

Examples of Code C2 include the absence or a reliable earthing, and when a metallic pipe is used for flammable liquids like gases.

Examples of Code C3 include the absence of a \'Safety Electrical Connection - Do Not Remove\' sign, and socket outlets mounted incorrectly.

Extensive Fire Risk Assessments

A fire risk assessment is one of the best investments you can make for your property. It involves spotting potential risks and providing recommendations to ensure the facility is safe from fire-related incidents.

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