Some Fire Safety advice for Tenants – your Landlord has an obligation as the ‘Responsible Persons’ to keep your property safe from Fire and keep your Fire Safety Emergency Plan up to date.

If you live in a purpose-built maisonette or flat your landlord must provide you with Fire Safety information, including a Fire Safety Emergency Plan.

If any building refurbishment or redecoration work is done to your flat or building, or defects are identified that could enable fire spread, your Landlord must update your Fire Safety Emergency Plan, and let you know about any changes.

What to look out for in your building

Fire safety in all buildings is also dependent upon good maintenance and housekeeping. In maisonettes and blocks of flats it’s essential that:

  • All flat front doors and doors on corridors and staircases must be ‘self-closing’ fire doors and NOT wedged open
  • Don’t store items in the corridors or staircases as they can feed a Fire. Stored items can block escape routes and stop fire-fighters doing their job.
  • Make sure everyone who lives in the building know the Fire Safety Emergency Plan.
  • Check that there are signs to show you how to escape the Fire.

If you’re concerned about any of these things, contact your Landlord and ask to witness the Fire Safety Risk Assessment for the premise.

For more Fire Safety advice go to the London Fire Brigade website alternatively contact London Fire Risk Assessments we have a support team ready to listen and give you some free advice. 01689 890879 or click here

Some Fire Safety advice for Landlords – you have an obligation as the ‘Responsible Persons’ to keep your property safe from Fire.

Landlords Responsibilities

If you are a ‘Responsible Person’ you have a leal duty to keep your property safe from fire through the provisions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

It’s your responsibility to ensure that there is a comprehensive Fire Risk Assessment that details the fire safety provisions that are in the property. This is usually carried out by a professional Fire Risk Assessor and might identify additional measures that should be carried out as appropriate.

Included in the Fire Risk Assessment should be a Fire Safety Emergency Plan so that Residents know what actions are needed in the event of a Fire.

The Fire Safety Emergency Plan must make sure Residents and others are safe, that a Fire can be detected and Residents are warned if they need to evacuate.

The structural protection provided within the building must protect residents or allow them to safely escape from Fire or smoke using the corridors and staircases if necessary.

The following are just a few import Fire Safety requirements that Landlord must consider;

Fire doors

Fire doors stop the spread of heat and smoke in the event of a Fire. All flat front doors and doors on corridors and staircases must be ‘self closing’ Fire doors.

Poor adjustment of self-closing devices or inappropriate choice of closer type can cause Fire doors to close very quickly and bang, disturbing residents. To stop this, residents wedge Fire doors open to stop the door fully closing and banging. This can weaken the door closing device and stop the door from properly closing, making the door less effective at stopping the spread of fire.

  • ensure ‘self closing’ Fire doors are fitted on all flats, corridors and staircases
  • make sure doors don’t bang shut, to avoid them being wedged open
  • regularly check door closing devices haven’t been tampered with or become defective

Without this Fire protection Residents won’t be able to evacuate when necessary due to smoke logging and high temperatures in escape routes.

Fire protection and ‘Fire stopping’ in service risers; between flats; and between flats and means of escape routes

Fire protection and Fire stopping to service risers, and between individual flats, corridors and the means of escape routes prevents the rapid spread of Fire throughout blocks of flats and is essential. This is often breached when utility companies (gas, electricity, TV cabling etc) run new services between flats, or between common parts and flats. These breaches are often not resealed correctly with fire resisting material/stopping to maintain the fire protection.

Storage and security

Tenants storing belongings in communal areas can pose a real risk to safety. Items can accidentally be set alight, or be set alight deliberately.  In the event of Fire items in hall ways and on stairs can stop people escaping, and stop fire-fighters doing their job.

  • corridors, stairs and stairwells are clear
  • electrical and gas riser cupboards aren’t used to store anything

To read more Fire Safety information for Landlord’s visit London Fire Brigade’s website.

London Fire Risk Assessments advice to clients:  Landlord’s should do their homework and ensure that if they are taking on the role of a ‘Responsible Persons’ they know the law.

A Fire Risk Assessment must be in place for the premise and one of the best places to find a competent Fire Risk Assessor is on the Institution of Fire Engineers website. London Fire Risk Assessments are on the IFE’s Risk Assessors register and will be happy to provide you with a free quote to carry out a full Fire Safety Inspection/Audit and provide you with a full Fire Risk Assessment, which will include the following ‘parts’.

These are all the ‘parts’ that will satisfy the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Landlords don’t put your Residents at risk act now and help keep your premise safe from Fire. Call 01689 890879 or click here

London Fire Brigade want to stop fires from happing in your home, book now for their free fire safety visit.

A small fire in your home can lead to substantial damage, which could be expensive to repair and leave you unable to stay in your property for a number of weeks.

So what happens during a London Fire Brigade home fire safety visit?

London Fire Brigade fire-fighters will visit you in your home and provide you with bespoke advice, based on your household and lifestyle, to minimise the risk of a blaze.

They may suggest moving items or furniture as part of any safety recommendations made during the home fire safety visit, if they identify them as hazards.

They may fit free smoke alarms in your property during the assessment.

When can I have a home fire safety visit?

London Fire Brigade’s home fire safety visits can take place any day of the week, at any time that is convenient for you.

The assessment takes as long as necessary but first-time visits are allocated up to 90 minutes. Alternatively you can call London Fire Brigade on 0800 028 44 28

For urgent, out of hour referrals, please contact 0208 555 1200 and inform the switchboard you need to book a home fire safety visit.

London Fire Risk Assessments advice to clients: These home safety visits are free so take advantage of the professional’s and keep your home and family safe from Fire. If you are worried about asking for a home visit and want to chat it through with us first we will be happy to assist. Call us on 01689 890879 and we will point you in the right direction.

Shisha Bar owners are fined £300k – sending a clear message to those who put the Public at risk by repeatedly flouting Fire Safety Regulations

If you an owner of a London Bar, Pub or Restaurant that promote Shisha then don’t ignore your Fire Safety responsibilities – the law will catch up with you and neglecting your Public responsibilities will not be tolerated.

To keep on the right side of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 you will need a ‘suitable a sufficient’ Fire Safety Risk Assessment carried out by a competent person. If you feel you are not qualified enough in Fire Safety then appoint a third party competent person – a Fire Safety Risk Assessor.

A Fire Safety Inspection will be carried out at your premise – this will identify any deficiencies and as part of the Fire Risk Assessment package a Fire Safety Management Plan – Significant Findings will be compiled. This will act as your ‘job list’ and it will tell you what is wrong, what you have to do to put it right and when you have to complete it by.

Once you have your documentation it is then up to you the ‘Responsible Person’ and your team to put it into action. If you need help and guidance with this London Fire Risk Assessments offer a co-ordination service click here to find out more.

Act now! Don’t take a chance, you are responsible for too many people for it to go wrong!

London Fire Risk Assessments offer free advice and a free Fire Risk Assessment quotation service so just click here or phone 01689 890879 and get on the right side of the law!

Beauty Blaze!!! – Hair Dryer Causes Fire in Kensington, West London

London Fire Brigade reported on the incident page that a hair dryer which was accidently switched on by a door swinging open, caused a fire on Gratton Road in Kensington, west London.

Fire investigators from the London Fire Brigade believe that the hairdryer was only partially unplugged so when the door swung open, it pushed the plug back in. As the hair dryer had been left switched on, it started to blast out hot air which heated a number of items left on the floor, including an aerosol can which then exploded causing a fire.

London Fire Brigade Head of Fire Investigation said: “While this is an unusual chain of events, it shows how important it is to not leave items like hair dryers and straighteners plugged in. Thankfully the resident was alerted to the fire quickly when the aerosol can exploded. Had he not been in, the fire could have quickly spread and this story could have had a very different ending. Smoke alarms also went off in the home, which also gave an extra warning of the blaze. I can’t stress how important it is to have working smoke alarms in your home. Not only are they your first warning that there is a fire, but if you are out, your neighbours might hear the alarm.” Click here to read more.

London Fire Risk Assessments advice to customers:

Protecting your family and home should be your number one priority – so the first step should be to make sure you have Smoke Detectors! They save lives!! For advice on location and test frequency visit London Fire Brigade website or alternatively ring London Fire Risk Assessments on 01689 890879 we have a friendly team of Fire Safety Advisors ready to help.

Make your family aware that they must unplug and leave hot appliances such as straighteners, hair dryers, tongs and irons on a heat resistant surface to cool down. Also keep aerosols and mirrors away from direct sunlight.

Another major cause of Fires in the home – Candles.

Make sure they are placed on a heat resistant surface, away from curtains and soft furnishing and do not leave them unattended.

For more Fire Safety Advice in the home call us now on 01689 890879