This series on fire safety in blocks of flats has been looking at in-house practices recently. This week, we turn our attention to the requirement for an emergency plan. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order requires that a suitable emergency plan be in place for the premises.
This series of blogs has been looking at the role of the responsible person and the duties they might be expected to undertake to ensure there is adequate fire protection in blocks of flats. Last week, we looked at communications with residents and this week, we move on to look at communications with non-residents and how their fire safety might be accomplished.
Last week's blog began looking at the role of a responsible person in terms of fire safety in blocks of flats. This week, we're continuing in that vein by looking at the duties they might be expected to undertake to ensure there is adequate fire protection.
In last week's blog, we began to look at the management of fire safety within a block of flats. This week, we look at who is ultimately responsible for fire safety in a building and what their duties are. Under the terms of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, there should be a 'Responsible Person' nominated by the company to be responsible for fire safety concerns. If an organisation does not nominate such an individual, the responsible person is considered to be the owner or most senior member of staff. As well as being charged with undertaking fire risk assessments and assuring that the actions arising from that are completed, a responsible person can be prosecuted if they are found to be negligent.
Fire Safety in blocks of flats can be brought down to two distinct areas - physical fire safety measures (fire protection measures) and management and maintenance (fire prevention practices). While physical fire safety measures are important, they cannot be relied upon without effective fire management and maintenance practices.