It would be unusual to find fire-fighting equipment, such as a fire extinguisher or hose reel as part of the fire safety strategy in the common area of a block of flats. To some people it might seem that any additional protection from fire was a worthwhile addition, or that their inclusion might support fire safety provision when undertaking a fire risk assessment.
This week's blog will look at those areas which more rarely affect the common areas of blocks of flats - automatic fire detection systems and alarms. It is, in fact, rare to find an alarm system in the common area of a block of flats, but it is still the case in some circumstances.
Last week's blog was looking at the requirements for fire safety signage in blocks of flats and this week, we move onto looking at emergency lighting and refuse arrangements.
This week's blog will look at the necessity for fire safety signage within blocks of flats. Most commonly, people think that fire safety signage for escape routes are obligatory, but actually, in the case of many blocks of flats, this is not the case.
Last week's blog introduced the subject of fire-resisting doors in blocks of flats and outlined what standards should be adhered to in both new and older blocks. This week, we're looking more closely at those doors in terms of the self-closing mechanism.