F.A.Q


The RRFSO 2005 - Article 9:- Risk Assessment:

Fire safety law and guidance documents for business is available & addresses:

The responsible person must make suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to which relevant persons are exposed for the purpose of identifying the measures they need to take to comply with the requirements and prohibitions imposed on them by the Order.

The nature of the assessment will vary according to the type and use of the premises, the persons who use or may use the premises, and the risks associated with that use.

A fire risk assessment should be reviewed regularly by the responsible person to keep it up to date, valid and to reflect any significant changes that may have taken place.

Fire risk assessments are legal documents and will be used in a court of law...

1. Are you fire risk assessment & fire safety qualified?
2. Are you fire risk assessment & fire safety experienced?
3. Can you interpret the fire safety law and apply it to residential or workplaces?
4. Can you interpret the building regulations and equally apply it?
5. Do you know what other codes and standards are required for your premises?
6. Do you know how many people can legally occupy your premises?
7. Is your fire escape route protected or unprotected?
8. Is the fire safety strategy suitable for your building environment?
9. Are active fire protection systems installed as required by the law?
10. Are passive fire protection systems assessed and addressed?

In-answer, YES & NO - It all depends on your knowledge & the type & size of your premises.

This can be done through - MG Fire Safety Group - Fire Risk Assessment or, Fire Safety Strategy Report and Local Council Authority, Building Control & Local Authority Fire & Rescue Services.
Fire Extinguisher Guidance: Purpose Built Blocks Of Flats:

The provision of fire extinguishers and other forms of fire-fighting equipment in common parts for use by residents is problematic. It is not expected that residents should need to tackle a fire in their flats to make their escape.

Indeed, to obtain a fire extinguisher located in the common parts for this purpose would involve the person leaving their flat in the first place.

This does not preclude residents from providing their own fire extinguishers and fire blankets. Indeed, it may be appropriate for landlords, and others responsible for the common parts, to encourage this as part of the process of engaging with, and educating residents on, fire safety.

We recommend that an suitable & sufficient fire risk assessment is conducted - In many instances, this can save you money in areas of fire protection equipment that is actually not required.

Please Note: An suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment should identify where fire extinguishers are required by law. In-turn, it should also indicate where fire extinguishers can potentially affect life safety.

Alternately; we have clients that want fire extinguishers in the flat communal areas, in-which case, we have provided the necessary guidance for them to remain legal in this application whilst deviating from local authorities guidance.

This is done through - MG Fire Safety Group - Fire Risk Assessment or, Fire Safety Strategy Report and Local Council Authority, Building Control & Local Authority Fire & Rescue Services.
Local Authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services: LACoRS

YES - However, the number and location of these fire extinguishers will depend on several factors. The council will have their own legal requirements for your minimum provisions and a fire risk assessment will identify certain factors.

This is relevant whether your premises require a licence or not.

An suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment should guide you appropriately as to the number and location, or indeed, if they are required or, whether practical or not, for the individual/ specific type of HMO to be assessed (not all are the same).

Again, several factors will need to be assessed competently. We recommend you have a fire risk assessment conducted. It can actually save lives & save you money in unnecessary fire protection systems that may, or may not be required.

Please Note: Some local authority inspectors have advised multi-purpose fire extinguishers (dry powder), for the communal areas of an HMO in-writing, to help save money for the HMO applicants licence. This is incorrect/ wrong.

Dry Powder: can cause visibility problems and breathing problems once discharged - especially with asthma sufferers, which can cause an asthma attack.
Basically, dry powder can kill if installed. Dry powder is also not suitable for use indoors due to the above and several more reasons that our suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment may identify/ address suitably for you.

Therefore; it may be that your premises requires a mixture of water & Co2 for each floor of the common areas, as well as covering the kitchen hazards.

In-turn, it may also be unsuitable for this - As we say - An suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment will discuss these reasons why, whilst providing appropriate reasoning & guidance pertaining to each individual HMO premises fire safety.

This is done through - MG Fire Safety Group - Fire Risk Assessment or, Fire Safety Strategy Report and Local Council Authority, Building Control & Local Authority Fire & Rescue Services.
Article 8 of the Regulatory Reform (Fire) (Safety) Order 2005 imposes on the responsible person the duty to implement the preventive and protective measures which have been evaluated in the risk assessment.

By virtue of this article, the responsible person is under a duty to ensure that general fire precautions are in place to ensure the safety of any of his or her employees or, of any relevant persons who are not his or her employees.

Fire risk assessments are required to be reviewed annually by law at a minimum.
Fire risk assessments are also required to be reviewed when:

1. Any material alteration has taken place to the building
2. Any significant changes in operations to the business are implemented
3. Any change of use or occupation to the building
4. Any change of directors or fire safety management to the building
5. Any intervals required by law and other codes of practice

The above list is not exhaustive and an suitable & sufficient fire risk assessment should guide your workplace or, residential premises in the required frequencies.

This is done through - MG Fire Safety Group - Fire Risk Assessment or, Fire Safety Strategy Report and Local Council Authority, Building Control & Local Authority Fire & Rescue Services.
Dear All,

We understand the need for FAQ's - Questions & Answers:

We do advise, that we are a fire safety consultancy service that can only answer the majority of technical questions as an employed fire safety consultant, fire safety strategy assessor, building control assessor, fire risk assessor or, fire warden trainer or, fire extinguisher technician from clients/ companies directly & as paying clients. Your basic questions are likely answered within our websites.

We have however, provided exceptional FREE guidance within our FAQ's.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure our answers are both legal & up to date, we cannot accept responsibility for any changes in law or, updates that you have not addressed through an suitable & sufficient fire risk assessment, fire safety strategy or, fire safety management plan.

Please Note: There are some questions we will not answer online/ over the phone? Why?
Answering could be illegal & technically & professionally immoral:-
This is to protect our clients & any new enquiries, whilst ensuring the highest standards.

Any answers required legally should be sought through an suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment or, Fire Safety Strategy Report - MG Fire Safety Group can provide these reports.

Q. Clarification of other companies questions or, our fire safety strategy answers.
A. We CAN liaise with other companies, to enable your Fire Safety Strategy Plan.

Q. Answering technical questions on the phone or, via email.
A. Paying Clients - CAN DO, following a booked Fire Risk Assessment or, Fire Safety Strategy Plan.

Legal Guidance - Professional Fire Safety Consultants:-

This can be done through - MG Fire Safety Group - Fire Risk Assessment or, Fire Safety Strategy Report and Local Council Authority, Building Control & Local Authority Fire & Rescue Services.
Building Regulations - EWS-1 Form - New Builds/ Current Builds

These forms are being requested by many estate agents, solicitors & banks.

They are also asking for an Fire Risk Assessment to address & sign the EWS-1 form.

Please Note:
An fire risk assessment will not be suitable or sufficient for an EWS-1 form.
Cladding inspections will require much further inspections & engineered guidance.

That is to say: Cladding inspections shall comply to relevant standards such as:

1. BS 8414-1: 2020 &
2. BS 8414-2: 2020
3. ADBv1 + ADBv2Fire Safety 2019 & BR 135

PLEASE BE ADVISED:

It is expected your building control engineer and project manager should be able to provide all the information required by-law, to sign the EWS-1 as requested.

Furthermore, the performance of the cladding materials tested will depend on the design, materials, workmanship & maintenance.

If not, it is expected your site may not be, compliant to the LAW.

This can be done through - MG Fire Safety Group Fire Safety Strategy Report or, BRE Group & Local Council Authority, Building Control & Local Fire & Rescue Services.