In last week's blog, we considered the importance of security, particularly in areas of a block of flats which may be at risk of arson. Fire safety and security are two issues which should work together to protect the inhabitants and one area should not impinge upon the success of the other. In addition, this blog will look at effective housekeeping with a block of flats and how this can reduce the likelihood of a fire.
It may seem an obvious statement, but prevention of a fire is a more successful strategy than dealing with a fire which may occur as a result of neglecting fire prevention. Good fire safety management involves the provision of physical barriers to fire spread, fire alarm systems where appropriate, but perhaps most importantly, effective fire safety management involves vigilance for risk factors that might cause fire in your block of flats. This blog will look at some of the contributory factors which may cause fire and how to prevent them.
As previously discussed on this blog, it is not always a necessity to hire an external contractor to carry out a Fire Risk Assessment on a block of flats. It may be sufficient to nominate a suitably experienced or trained 'responsible person' from within your own organisation to follow the processes required for a satisfactory risk assessment. Using an online fire risk assessment tool such as the one at Complete Fire Safety Management can assist in this process.
As our previous blogs have indicated, performing a Fire Risk Assessment on your property is a legal obligation under the terms of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. However, undertaking a single Fire Risk Assessment is not sufficient. It is important to remain within the law by carrying out regular reviews and re-assessments.
Last week's blog from Complete Fire Safety Management looked at the importance of Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) in blocks of flats and this week continues that theme by looking in more detail at the Action Plan (AP) which is produced as a result of the risks raised and we'll also discuss how the FRA and AP should be approached.