Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEP) in High-Risk Residential Buildings. Recommendations from the Grenfell Tower Inquiry Phase 1 report.

London Fire Risk Assessments have included in their Standard Fire Safety Risk Assessments the Annex A – PEEP template to help Responsible Persons or Duty Holders carry out a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEP).

The Template includes the following considerations:

Agreed place of safety to evacuate to away from the Building

The safest route to get there

Name of anyone willing and able to assist the resident in an emergency

Name of any back-up person willing and able to assist the resident in an emergency

List any specialist equipment

Access by Fire and Rescue Service to flat (key code, breaking door down)

What should NOT be attempted in the case of rescue.

For more information contact London Fire Risk Assessments on 0781 8888626 London or 0782 185293 Manchester alternatively click here

London Fire Risk Assessments are duty bound to ensure our clients are up to date with any changes in Fire Safety Legislation.

Fire Safety Act -Addendum – Updated 18 May 2022

The Fire Safety Act clarifies the parts of a premises that under the Fire Safety Order (FSO)

The FSO applies to all non-domestic premises in England and Wales. These include multi-occupied residential buildings such as blocks of flats although individual flats are excluded.

Responsibility for complying with the FSO falls on the Responsible Person which may be the freeholder, Management Company or Managing Agent depending on local arrangements. Check if you are a Responsible Person using the self-assessment identification guide

The new legislation clarifies that where a building contains 2 or more sets of domestic premises, the FSO applies to:

the building’s structure and external walls (including windows, balconies, cladding, insulation and fixings) and any common parts

all doors between domestic premises and common parts such as flat entrance doors (or any other relevant door)

The Fire safety Act came into force on 16 May 2022.

The Act clarifies the Fire Safety Order to make it clear that Responsible Persons must consider these parts when conducting Fire Risk Assessments. If you contract out this work, you must make sure that those engaged to complete the Fire Risk Assessment include those elements detailed above, as your are responsible for complying with the FSO and liable for any necessary remediation.

As a Responsible Person you are responsible for overseeing the removal or reduction of fire hazards in your building and for implementing reasonable measures to ensure the safety of all residents, those employed to work in the building and visitors to the building.

Fire and rescue authorities can issue enforcement notices if they decide that Responsible Persons or Duty Holders have failed to comply with any provisions of the FSO. They can prosecute or serve alteration or prohibition notices if they identify that failing to comply with those provisions puts people at risk of death or injury from fire.

This guide has been issued under Article 50 of the Fire Safety Order.

If you would like more information or would just like to discuss the updated Fire Safety Act then contact London Fire Risk Assessments.

Alternatively if you would like to book a Fire Safety Risk Assessment confident in the knowledge we are up to date with Fire Safety changes then call 0781 8888626 London or 07824 185293 Manchester or click here.

A Pre-occupation Fire Safety Risk Assessment can save London & Manchester Bars, Restaurants, Pubs and Clubs a fortune. It is better to know the Fire Safety deficiencies and limits to capacity before you commit to a leasehold rather than after the deal has been done!

In these challenging times opening a new Bar, Restaurant, Pub or Club is a risky business, so before you make a commitment why not invest in a Pre-occupation Fire Safety Risk Assessment.

A Pre-occupation Fire Safety Risk Assessment will outline all the deficiencies and provide you with the total number of people you can safely have in the premise. It is far better to understand how much you will have to spend to put the Fire Safety deficiencies right and to know if you will be able to get enough people through the door to make a profit!

The following is just an example of what is considered in a Pre-occupation Fire Safety Risk Assessment

Means of Escape

Area Occupancy

Number of Escape Routes

These are just some factors that must be considered before you can confidently confirm the number of occupants for the premise. If the occupancy levels are not enough it may not be a viable premise for your to take on.

London Fire Risk Assessments have recommended Pre-occupation Fire Safety Risk Assessments to clients looking to open a new entertainment venue and over the years it has proven to save time and money. If you are thinking of investing in a new Bar, Restaurant, Pub or Club in London or Manchester then perhaps you should contact London Fire Risk Assessments on 0781 8888626 London or 07824 185293 Manchester we are here to help!

Changes to Fire Safety Regulations which will ‘hit the streets’ on 12th May 2022!

Our Fire Risk Assessments carried out on Premises with Two or more Residential Dwellings now include provision for the additional information required by the Fire Safety Act and Fire Safety Regulations 2020 which was introduced on the 19th of March 2020 by the Home Office in the form of a new Fire Safety Bill to improve Fire Safety in certain Residential Premises.  

This bill received Royal Assent on the 29th of April 2021 and is known as the Fire Safety Act 2021 (FSA 2021) and is due to ‘hit the streets’ around 12th May 2022.

The additional information required includes the Building’s structure and External Walls and Communal parts.  

It includes all doors between a Domestic Premises and the Communal parts, External Walls and doors and windows in those walls, and anything attached to the Exterior Walls, including Balconies. 

The additional information required also concerns the provision of a Secure Information Box, Internal Plans of the Building, Lifts and Firefighting equipment. Other considerations include Wayfinding Signage, Information to Residents which includes information in regards to Fire doors and the requirement for Fire door checks by the Responsible Person, including checking the presence and operation of Self-Closing devices. 

We are announcing this, not only to assure our Clients that we are keeping up with the changes in Fire Safety Regulations but that we are, in this instance, ‘ahead of the game’. Call 0781 8888626 for more information alternatively click here

New from London Fire Risk Assessments – A Fire Safety Risk Assessment and Fire Marshal Training package from just £550!

As our ‘Dual’ Fire, Health and Safety Risk Assessments package has been such a popular choice we thought perhaps packaging our Fire Safety Risk Assessment with Fire Marshal Training may be a hit too!

So very often when we have carried out a Fire Safety Risk Assessment for an Office we are asked to provide Fire Marshal Training for the Staff. Obviously by carrying out the Fire Safety Inspection the Fire Risk Assessor is familiar with the premise layout so who best to Train the Staff on the Fire Safety for their building!

If you would like to know more contact Heather on 0781 8888626 who will talk you through the process or click here for a quotation.