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A Fire Risk Assessment is a check of a building for fire risks. All blocks of flats or apartments and large houses in multiple occupation in England and Wales must have a fire risk assessment.
Health and Safety in Communal Areas of Flats
The fire risk assessment provides recommendations about how to protect your building and the people in or near it from fire.
The assessment looks at how a fire could start, what the consequences would be if a fire did start and what needs to be done in the building to prevent or lessen the risk of fire starting or spreading.
A fire risk assessment covers the shared parts of a building that all people can use, such as stairwells and entrance halls and looks at a building’s ‘general fire precautions’ in the shared areas. These include measures to:
- reduce the risk of fire starting, such as ‘no smoking’ signs or doing regular safety checks of electrical sockets or lights
- reduce the risk of fire spreading, such as fire doors
- alert people about a fire in the building, such as smoke alarms
- let people escape from the building, such as clear escape routes
- tell people what to do if a fire starts, such as an emergency plan
- reduce the harm caused if a fire starts, such as fire extinguishers or sprinklers
The general fire precautions must protect people who are allowed to be in the building AND people who are near the building, who may be at risk if a fire started.
Responsibility for carrying out a fire risk assessment in your building could be with the owner (freeholder) the Residents’ Management Company, a Right to Manage Company or a Managing Agent.
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